Birmingham student raped by unlicensed taxi driver in Selly Oak

She was picked up in Digbeth after a night out


An unlicensed taxi driver who raped a Birmingham City student has been jailed for nine years.

Attif Hamid, 39, picked up the student after a night out in Digbeth on the 24th March and offered to drive her home for a "low fee" of £10, before raping her in a secluded spot near her home in Selly Oak.

The 22 year old intended to order a taxi but was approached by Hamid, posing as a taxi driver. She attempted to withdraw cash from ATM machines on the drive home but was unable to withdraw cash to pay him.

The court heard that Hamid drove to Selly Oak where he forced her to perform a sex act on him before he stole her phone, leaving her stranded. The victim took down the car registration and alerted the occupants of a nearby house who called the police.

In court, the judge said: “She was going to celebrate the fact she had finished her dissertation for her degree; she was going to go out with friends, enjoy and celebrate their achievements.

“You in the meantime, were getting ready to go out as someone pretending to be a taxi driver.

"She was vulnerable as you learned she had no cash. It was then you took the opportunity to rape her."

Hamid was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of rape on Friday at Birmingham Crown Court.