Taxi driver jailed for kidnapping and raping teen

A taxi driver has been jailed by Leicester Crown Court, after being found guilty of kidnap and rape.

Saeed Shaikh held the woman against her will and raped her in the early hours of Saturday 5 March.

He denied kidnap, rape and sexual touching, but was convicted yesterday (Tuesday 5 September) by a jury after a six day trial at Leicester Crown Court.

The 41-year-old taxi driver picked up his victim from Leicester city centre and was asked to take her to an address in Syston, Leicestershire.

Instead Shaikh stopped his Toyota Auris in the country lanes surrounding Barkby, where he raped her in the back of his taxi.

The Court sentenced him to 12 years in prison. He will also be the subject of a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be placed on the Sexual Offender’s Register.

Detective Constable Kasie Carter-Moore said: “This incident has, understandably, left the victim very shaken and she is struggling to come to terms with what happened to her.”

“While the guilty verdict won’t change what’s happened, I hope it will allow her to start to deal with what happened.”

“We have specially trained officers available to speak to anyone who has been a victim of a sexual assault and anyone who has been a victim is encouraged to report it to the police. We will take all reports seriously.”