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Uber driver jailed

MPS press release.

A private hire driver has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in his car. 

Aliriza Kurt, 42, (25.11.73) of Blackstock Road, N4 was today, Wednesday, 20 January, sentenced to 18 months imprisonment at Inner London Crown Court.

He was convicted of sexual assault on Wednesday, 6 January.

He is also the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for an indefinite period with the following conditions:

– Not to have females in any vehicle driven by him (except family);
– Not to apply to be a PHV/MHC driver in England and Wales;
– Not to act as a PHV/MHC driver in England and Wales.

Kurt has also had his vehicle seized and will be made to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

Kurt, who was working as a private hire driver for Uber, was allocated a fare at around 23:15hrs on 8 May 2015.

The passenger, a 24-year-old woman, got into the car at Brixton Underground Station. During the journey, Kurt leaned across and touched her, saying: “Are you comfortable with this?”

The victim was shocked by Kurt’s actions and managed to escape the vehicle before calling police.

Officers from the Met’s Cab Enforcement Unit, part of the Roads and Transport Policing Command, launched an investigation and arrested Kurt at 03:50hrs the following day, 9 May 2015.

Inspector Tracy Allison, from the Cab Enforcement Unit, said:

“This was an excellent result, which has seen a dangerous predator receive a jail sentence, entry on the sex offenders’ register and an extensive sexual harm prevention order, which prohibits him from working as a private hire driver in England or Wales and applying to be a private hire driver in England or Wales.

“The Cab Enforcement Unit’s number one priority is the safety of those travelling in taxis and private hire vehicles. If you commit an offence on London’s transport network we will pursue and arrest you – we will get those responsible.”

Siwan Hayward, TfL’s Deputy Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said:

“This victim’s bravery in reporting this offence to the police has helped put this sex offender behind bars, preventing him from preying on any other vulnerable women.

“Our TfL funded resources within the MPS Cab Enforcement Unit work every week to apprehend those who commit cab related sexual offences, and we will continue to work with the police to push for the strongest convictions available to stop incidents like this happening again. If you ever experience unwanted sexual behaviour, report it to the police; you will always be taken seriously and the incident will be fully investigated.”

ENDS

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