University of Birmingham student tells of sex attack horror at hands of taxi driver

A University of Birmingham student has told of her horror after a taxi driver assaulted her – then demanded £50 to take her home.

Lily Wright bravely waived her right to anonymity to reveal her ordeal at the hands of Mohammed Iqbal.

He sexually assaulted the 22-year-old after dropping off her friend and driving her to an isolated spot.

The sick predator then drove the student home – and ordered her pay him £50 for the journey.

“I was paralysed with fear,” she said.

“It was disgusting and I was convinced he was going to kill me.”

“After what he’d done to me, I couldn’t believe he had the nerve to charge me.

“I knew it should only cost around £20 and I didn’t have the money but I was desperate to get home.

“So I told him I did.

“As soon as I saw my house I didn’t wait for him to stop, I opened the car door and fled.

“I was running for my life.”

The attack happened at the end of a night out in March 2012 after Lily and her friend flagged down Iqbal’s taxi.

She later broke down and revealed what had happened to her sister Elizabeth, 18.

The assault was reported to the police, and within seven days Iqbal had been arrested after being traced using CCTV.

Officers also retrieved Lily’s lost phone from his car.

“It was so humiliating,” added Lily.

“The whole process took nearly ten hours.

“I was so traumatised I almost backed out.

“After the tests I went home.

“I had a bath, desperate to scrub away the previous night.

“But I knew I had to get this driver off the road or another girl would be his next victim.”

Iqbal was jailed for five-and-a-half years at Guildford Crown Court in October 2012 after being found guilty of two sex attacks – one against Lily and another woman.

Lily added: ‘I couldn’t believe he was a serial offender and wondered how many other girls he planned on attacking.

“I believe women should trust taxi drivers, and take a taxi rather than walking home alone at night.

“But they should book a registered taxi rather than waving one down in the street.

“You’re putting your safety in their hands.

“And I learnt my lesson the hard way.”

Source: www.birminghammail.co.uk

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