Law Courts, Birmingham`Queen Elizabeth Law Courts

Ihsanullah Sarfaraz, who raped a teenager after picking her up from a night out in the city centre has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Sarfaraz, aged 33, from Hodge Hill, admitted sexually assaulting the girl, aged 18, after she and a friend hailed his private hire taxi on Hurst Street on Sunday 23rd October.

He dropped her friend at home but then drove the teenager to a secluded spot and subjected her to a horrendous attack.

The girl, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “On this particular day I used a vehicle I believed to be a private hire taxi and as always placed my trust and confidence in this driver.

“This man took advantage of his position and took advantage of my vulnerable position…he knocked my confidence completely and I struggle on a daily basis because of what he’s done.”

Inspector Ian Ingram, from West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit, said: “This was a total betrayal of trust; the teenager and her friend quite rightly thought they would be safe when they took a taxi home from a night out.

“This man, who was a licensed taxi driver, abused his position to prey on a vulnerable lone woman.

“He has now been put behind bars for a very long time, he will also never be allowed to drive a taxi again and will be placed on the sex offender register for life.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to commend this woman’s bravery for coming forward and throughout this investigation.

“I hope today’s sentence will bring her some comfort as she continues to recover from her ordeal.”