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Perth taxi driver jailed for sexually assaulting sleeping passenger

By Joanna Menagh

Posted 24 Feb 2017, 4:08pm

A Perth taxi driver has been jailed for sexually assaulting a female passenger who fell asleep while he was driving her home.

The offence happened in December 2007, but Mohamed Rashad Abdul Raheem was not charged until the case was reviewed using new DNA technology two years ago.

He denied the allegation, but was found guilty by a jury after a trial in the District Court.

The woman, who was 18 at the time, had been socialising with friends in the city in the week before Christmas 2007, when she flagged down Abdul Raheem’s taxi in the early hours of the morning to take her home.

She was tired and fell asleep, but woke to find her dress pulled up to her waist and Abdul Raheem sexually assaulting her.

Driver breached obligation

The court heard the offence lasted only a “matter of seconds” and the woman didn’t say anything at the time because she was “scared and fearful” of what Abdul Raheem might to do.

She later reported the matter to police.

Judge Julie Wager said Abdul Raheem had breached his obligation as a taxi driver to take customers home safely.

“You took advantage of a vulnerable young woman and offended against her,” the judge told the 45-year-old father of three.

“Young women need to know if they catch a taxi home they will not be violated.”

Abdul Raheem’s lawyer, Simon Freitag, had suggested his client could receive a suspended jail term, describing him as an otherwise “hardworking, good husband and father, and contributing member of society” who had not offended before and would not offend again.

Judge Wager accepted that Abdul Rheem was otherwise of impeccable character, but said she could not suspend the term.

“People need to know that if taxi drivers offend in this way there will be repercussions and that is an immediate term of imprisonment,” she said.

In sentencing Abdul Raheem to 16 months’ jail, Judge Wager said she had shown “a degree of mercy” because of the burden and distress the jail term would cause his family.

Abdul Raheem will have to serve eight months before he can be released on parole.





Cook – Darryl Norman Stanley - Photo

This is the face of a monster: Sex attacker Daryl Cook loses appeal as court bungle comes to light

  • Janet Fife-Yeomans Chief Reporter
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • October 19, 20149:00PM

A NOTORIOUS serial rapist has lost a bid for freedom and one of his victims is relieved he can now be identified.

Daryl Norman Stanley Cook’s appeal against his conviction and jail sentence was refused by the state’s highest court last month — but his name was kept secret ­because of a court blunder.

An investigation by The Daily Telegraph has revealed the Court of Criminal Appeal was wrong when it suppressed Cook’s name.

The original non-publication order — made when he first appeared before Port Macquarie Local Court in 2011 — was on the identity of his victim, not him. The identities of victims of sexual assault cannot be revealed by law.

It is understood the Court of Criminal Appeal judges did not ask to see details of the “suppression order” listed on his file. It just blocked the use of Cook’s name.

“I really want his face out there so people can see him for the monster that he is,” his victim, who Cook raped when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl, said yesterday. “He’s going to get out one day, so people should know him.”

With “HATE” tattooed on the knuckles of his left hand, Cook, 53, has spent 30 of the past 40 years ­behind bars, the court was told.

In 2001, Cook was jailed for eight years for attempting to sexually assault a 17-year-old girl at knifepoint in a Port Macquarie toilet block.

He served the full sentence after being refused parole because he did not complete the jail sex offenders course.

His DNA was taken in jail and detectives found a match to a cold case — a similar attack on the 15-year-old girl in 1993. She was also raped at knifepoint in Port Macquarie.

Cook was convicted of the rape in 2012, despite his defence that he was a “Lothario” and a “ladies’ man”.

He had told the 15-year-old girl: “I fell in love with you the first time I saw you.” He was jailed for another seven years with a minimum of five years and three months.

Police yesterday revealed they were getting about 10 cold case hits a week as they appealed for anyone who has been sexually assaulted, or who has witnessed an assault, to contact them.


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