Taxi driver jailed for sexually assaulting three teenagers
A taxi driver has been jailed for five years for sexually assaulting three teenagers within three weeks in January and February 2016.
Mansoor Uddin, 41, a married father-of-three, with an address at Castleway, Adamstown in Lucan, pleaded guilty to the offences on the morning of his trial in February at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Uddin first assaulted a 19-year-old German woman on 30 January before committing the same offences against two other women aged 20 and 18 on 16 February 2016.
One of the victims got part of his car’s registration number as he sped away, one tried to take a photo of his ID, while the 18-year-old called a friend while she was in his taxi and gave her Uddin’s name and part of his taxi number.
She also tried to take a photograph of him but he stopped her.
Gardaí used GPS co-ordinates from the Hailo taxi app, which confirmed that Uddin had travelled the three routes the women had outlined to gardaí.
He was arrested and charged but the case caused public outrage and was raised in the Dáil last month after it emerged that as part of his bail conditions any passenger, male or female, was not permitted to be a front seat passenger in Uddin’s taxi.
He was also subject to a curfew which meant that he was not permitted to work as a taxi driver at night time but the concern was that he was still driving a taxi and carrying women on their own in the back.
However, when he pleaded guilty in February, gardaí issued a statement confirming his licence had been immediately revoked.
Originally from Pakistan, Uddin has three children – a young son and two teenage daughters.
Judge Sinead Ní Chulacháin said the case was aggravated by Uddin abusing his position as a taxi driver, his being aware of the vulnerability of the injured parties, his refusing to stop the taxi in two of the three cases and the timing of the offences being at night.
She sentenced him to six years in prison with the final year suspended.