Man jailed for rape after woman mistook his car for taxi in Leicester

A rapist has been jailed after he carried out a terrifying attack on a Leicester woman, when she mistakenly got into his car believing it was a taxi.

Robert Halliday, 42, of Oakham, had driven the woman, who had been on a night out in the city, to a secluded area where he raped her twice.

He then drove towards Wigston where the woman got out of the car at a fast food restaurant.

The woman immediately raised the alarm following the attack last November, telling a customer at the restaurant who called the police.

Halliday had denied raping the woman, claiming it had been consensual sex. But following a nine-day trial at Leicester Crown Court, on Thursday 10 May a jury convicted him of two counts of rape.

Today he was sentenced at the same court to a total of 13 years imprisonment and an additional seven years on licence. He was also ordered to sign the sexual offenders register for life.

As police arrived at the fast food restaurant and began to take the victim’s account, Halliday remained in the area, driving back past the area on a number of occasions.

He then drove back to Oakham and set about removing any evidence that the woman had been in his car.

Armed with an account from the woman about what had happened, together with fast track forensic evidence and CCTV images of Halliday’s car, he was quickly identified as the suspect and was arrested later that same morning.

Shortly after his arrest, items of his clothing were recovered from a washing machine in his home and his car was seized for scientific examination.

Detective Constable Chris Sherwin said: “Throughout this investigation Halliday had continually denied attacking this woman; but thanks to her prompt actions when she left his car, we were able to gather a weight of evidence to prove to the jury what had really happened.”

“It is thanks to her courage in coming forward and raising the alarm so quickly that we have been able to build a successful case against him.”

“I really hope this will help bring her some degree of closure after the horrific events of that evening and enable her to move forward in life.”