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Man posing as fake taxi driver found guilty of raping a Leeds student

He received a 12 year prison sentence

A man posing as a private hire driver who raped a student from the University of Leeds has been jailed for 12 years.

Muhanad Adem picked up the female Leeds student on 13 December 2018 after she had been on a night out with friends. She got into Adem's vehicle believing it was a real taxi.

After typing her address into his mobile phone, Adem drove in the opposite direction, stopping to rape her in the back of his car.

Adem then drove off, but the woman managed to escape through the car window and then contacted her friends to explain what had happened.

On 20 December 2019, the jury decided that Adem was guilty of his charge. It took them less than three hours to reach an unanimous verdict.

Claire MacDonald, from 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. As a result Adem is today beginning a lengthy prison sentence."