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Uber driver jailed after sexually assaulting passenger and telling female cop he wanted to have sex with her

Samson Haile, 32, was found guilty for sexually assaulting his 26-year-old passenger before she managed to escape

 
 Samson Haile who has been sentenced to 8 months

Jailed: Samson Haile has been sentenced to eight months in prison

An Uber driver who sexually assaulted a young woman in his cab has been jailed for eight months.

Samson Haile, 32, engaged his 26-year-old passenger in a sexual conversation as soon as she climbed into the car.

He then stated he wanted to have sex with the woman, who told him she wanted to escape the vehicle.

He continued to drive and began to touch her, before she managed to escape and report the incident to police.

Jurors at Isleworth Crown Court were told later that night he picked up a female off-duty police officer, and he also spoke to her in a sexual way and invited her to have sex.

 

PA Isleworth Crown Court
Isleworth Crown Court: The court heard he had propositioned a female police officer

 

The officer filed an information report the following day concerning his behaviour and it was linked to the report of sexual assault, leading to Haile being identified and arrested.

Haile, of Lionel Road North, Brentford, was found guilty of sexual assault on September 3 and sentenced on Wednesday.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, which will prohibit him from working as a private hire driver or applying to be a private hire driver in England or Wales.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Carly Driscoll, of the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Of particular concern was the rapid escalation in the behaviour of Samson Haile.

"He went from talking about sex to actually touching a lone, vulnerable female in a very short space of time.

"I would like to praise the victim for having the confidence and courage to report her ordeal to police.

"I hope today's sentencing gives her a degree of closure and also displays the professionalism and commitment of officers within the Met to investigate allegations of sexual crime."

 

PA Someone using Uber app on a phone

 

An Uber spokespersonsaid: “This was a terrible incident and we welcome today’s conviction. As soon as we heard what happened the driver was immediately stopped from using our service and we worked closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure he was brought to justice.

"The individual had recently passed the same enhanced criminal record checks that all private hire and taxi drivers in London go through as part of Transport for London’s licensing process.”

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