“Adem has shown himself to be a sexual predator"
Muhanad Adem, aged 29, of Leeds, was jailed for 12 years after he pretended to be a cab driver before raping a university student.
Leeds Crown Court heard he convinced her into believing he was a genuine taxi driver.
On December 13, 2018, the young woman, a student from the University of Leeds, had been on a night out with friends in Leeds when she got into the back of Adem’s vehicle thinking it was a taxi.
She typed the postcode of her address into his phone, however, he drove off in a different direction and later raped her in the back of his car.
Adem then drove off again but the woman was able to escape through the car window. Adem then alerted friends that she had been raped.
Despite denying any wrongdoing, Adem was convicted of rape by a jury on December 20, 2019. The jury took less than three hours to reach a unanimous verdict.
Detective Chief Inspector Sharron Kaye, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said:
“Adem has shown himself to be a sexual predator who targeted the victim as she made her way home from a night out.
“He put her through a horrendous ordeal which left her very badly traumatised.
“Since then she has shown a great deal of courage and determination to get on with her life and we hope that seeing him brought to justice will help her with that.
“Adem was caught as a result of a thorough and comprehensive investigation by specialist detectives, which should serve to illustrate how seriously we treat offences of this nature with the aim of getting justice for victims and taking dangerous offenders off the streets.”
The Telegraph and Argus reported that the fake cab driver was sentenced to 12 years in prison on January 27, 2020.
After Adem’s sentencing, Claire MacDonald, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said:
“This was a brutal and opportunistic attack, late at night, on a vulnerable young woman who has been left devastated.”
“The impact of sexual violence of this kind goes far beyond any physical injury and its effects for the victim are long-lasting and traumatising.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victim, who has displayed immense courage and dignity during the investigation and prosecution.
“Our thoughts remain with her, as they have been throughout.
“As a result, Adem is today beginning a lengthy prison sentence.”