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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-24/taxi-driver-jailed-for-sexual-assault-of-sleeping-passenger/8301522

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.

 

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http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/taxi-driver-peter-kasatchkow-jailed-for-rape-of-disabled-women/story-fnii5thn-1227018001773

Taxi driver Peter Kasatchkow jailed for rape of disabled women

August 08, 20144:01PM

A PERTH cab driver who sexually and indecently assaulted five disabled female passengers has been jailed for 10 years.

Peter Edward Kasatchkow, 58, of Dianella, was charged with more than 30 sex offences in relation to the five women.

Today, Kasatchkow was jailed for 10 years for raping a 29-year-old woman with cerebral palsy in February and for indecently touching another four women in wheelchairs prior to that.

In total, he committed 33 sexual and or indecent offences on the five women between January and February this year.

He pleaded guilty to all 33 charges and today was sentenced in the District Court to 10 years in prison. He was made eligible for parole.

His victims and their families were in the court room today to see Kasatchkow jailed.

The court was told Kasatchkow committed the sex offences on the five women between January 19 and February 4 this year.

The women were aged 18, 29, 33, 39 and 52.

All were confined to their wheelchairs in the back of Kasatchkow’s cab when they were attacked. Three of the women have cerebral palsy.

The court heard the women were groped on their breasts, thighs and legs and in some cases kissed on the face.

It was only after the fifth victim, the 29-year-old woman, was raped in a Belmont car park that the alarm was raised. She was able to tell her carer and family what had happened to her.

Shortly after, Kasatchkow was arrested and the other four women were identified on his taxi’s CCTV system.

In handing down the 10-year jail term Judge Kevin Sleight said each of the five women had been sexually exploited to an appalling degree.

“I do not accept that you are genuinely remorseful,” Judge Sleight said.

“Your offending was an appalling breach of trust on the most vulnerable.

“Your actions were a clear breach of trust …(the victims) have all suffered emotionally and psychologically.”

Judge Sleight said Kasatchkow’s offending was likely to have “long-term consequences” on the victims health and well being.

He added it had also cast a shadow on the Perth taxi industry.

Kasatchkow’s defence lawyer John Rando acknowledged the offences were serious.

“He does intend to get any help he can to change his behaviour,” Mr Rando said.

“He’s terribly ashamed as to what’s occurred.”

State prosecutor Erin O’Donnell said of the victims: “He has destroyed their confidence . . . he exploited their vulnerability.”

Outside court the 29-year-old victim’s mother said: “The attacks upon my daughter and four other women were carried out by someone who not only sexually assaulted them but preyed upon their innocence and he thought he would not be caught. He was wrong.”

Kasatchkow will be eligible for parole after serving eight years. His sentence was backdated to February 4, 2014.

 

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Singh - Jagdeep - Photo.

 

UPDATE:  JULY 2017

Singh has been deported to India after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton won his ongoing battle with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

He was put on a New Delhi-bound plane by Australian Border Force officers on Thursday.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-05/taxi-driver-avoids-jail-over-assaulting-drunk-passenger/5502256?section=sa

Taxi driver avoids jail over assaulting drunk passenger

Updated 6 hours 35 minutes ago

A court has given a suspended jail sentence to an Adelaide taxi driver who was charged with sexually assaulting a drunk passenger.

The District Court heard Jagdeep Singh, 25, who no longer works as a driver, put his hand up the woman’s dress and kissed her while she was on the ground and vomiting.

The man earlier had picked the woman up from a hotel at Glenelg and the incident happened close to her home at Mitchell Park.

Judge Gordon Barrett told Singh the woman had been in a vulnerable state.

“[It was] a serious attack on a young woman who was vulnerable because of her intoxication,” he said.

“It was also a breach of trust, given that you were a taxi driver and she entitled to expect you would drive her safety to her home.

“In her victim impact statement she speaks of the consequences of that incident, which include the breakdown of a relationship, and anxiety.”

Judge Barrett says Singh lied when first spoken to by police, saying he had just approached the woman to offer help.

The judge suspended Singh’s two-year sentence in favour of a three-year good behaviour bond.

Singh has been unable to get another student visa and is expected to return to India.

 

A taxi driver who molested a drunk passenger who was vomiting on the side of the road has been spared an immediate jail term.
Read more at http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/06/05/13/58/sa-cabbie-spared-jail-for-molesting-woman#yTbSILhFYb412KLQ.99

A taxi driver who molested a drunk passenger who was vomiting on the side of the road has been spared an immediate jail term.

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As the Adelaide woman knelt on the footpath and was sick, Jagdeep Singh kissed her and put his hand up her dress, touching her intimately.

As a result of his crime, the 25-year-old Indian-born man has lost an arranged marriage, his job and his access to further student courses in Australia.

He pleaded guilty in the District Court to two counts of indecent assault in September 2012. Judge Gordon Barrett on Thursday jailed him for two years, but suspended the term and placed him on a good behaviour bond for three years.

“It was obviously a serious attack on a young woman who was vulnerable because of her intoxication,” the judge said.

“It was also a breach of trust, given you were a taxi driver whom she was entitled to expect would drive her safely to her home.”

The woman vomited during the journey and when Singh dropped her off.

He initially claimed he merely approached her on the side of the road to help her.

As a result of the assault, the woman’s relationship had broken down and she suffered anxiety.

Singh came to Adelaide in 2008 on a student visa, has completed two courses and, as a consequence of the offence, has been unable to carry out his intended further studies.

His lawyer told the court Singh was likely to be deported to India, losing his chance to stay in Australia.

Read more at http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/06/05/13/58/sa-cabbie-spared-jail-for-molesting-woman#yTbSILhFYb412KLQ.99

 

SA cabbie spared jail for molesting woman

1:54pm June 5, 2014

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SA cabbie spared jail for molesting woman

1:54pm June 5, 2014
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A taxi driver who molested a drunk passenger who was vomiting on the side of the road has been spared an immediate jail term.

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As the Adelaide woman knelt on the footpath and was sick, Jagdeep Singh kissed her and put his hand up her dress, touching her intimately.

As a result of his crime, the 25-year-old Indian-born man has lost an arranged marriage, his job and his access to further student courses in Australia.

He pleaded guilty in the District Court to two counts of indecent assault in September 2012. Judge Gordon Barrett on Thursday jailed him for two years, but suspended the term and placed him on a good behaviour bond for three years.

“It was obviously a serious attack on a young woman who was vulnerable because of her intoxication,” the judge said.

“It was also a breach of trust, given you were a taxi driver whom she was entitled to expect would drive her safely to her home.”

The woman vomited during the journey and when Singh dropped her off.

He initially claimed he merely approached her on the side of the road to help her.

As a result of the assault, the woman’s relationship had broken down and she suffered anxiety.

Singh came to Adelaide in 2008 on a student visa, has completed two courses and, as a consequence of the offence, has been unable to carry out his intended further studies.

His lawyer told the court Singh was likely to be deported to India, losing his chance to stay in Australia.

Read more at http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/06/05/13/58/sa-cabbie-spared-jail-for-molesting-woman#yTbSILhFYb412KLQ.99

SA cabbie spared jail for molesting woman

1:54pm June 5, 2014
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A taxi driver who molested a drunk passenger who was vomiting on the side of the road has been spared an immediate jail term.

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As the Adelaide woman knelt on the footpath and was sick, Jagdeep Singh kissed her and put his hand up her dress, touching her intimately.

As a result of his crime, the 25-year-old Indian-born man has lost an arranged marriage, his job and his access to further student courses in Australia.

He pleaded guilty in the District Court to two counts of indecent assault in September 2012. Judge Gordon Barrett on Thursday jailed him for two years, but suspended the term and placed him on a good behaviour bond for three years.

“It was obviously a serious attack on a young woman who was vulnerable because of her intoxication,” the judge said.

“It was also a breach of trust, given you were a taxi driver whom she was entitled to expect would drive her safely to her home.”

The woman vomited during the journey and when Singh dropped her off.

He initially claimed he merely approached her on the side of the road to help her.

As a result of the assault, the woman’s relationship had broken down and she suffered anxiety.

Singh came to Adelaide in 2008 on a student visa, has completed two courses and, as a consequence of the offence, has been unable to carry out his intended further studies.

His lawyer told the court Singh was likely to be deported to India, losing his chance to stay in Australia.

Read more at http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2014/06/05/13/58/sa-cabbie-spared-jail-for-molesting-woman#yTbSILhFYb412KLQ.99

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-13/taxi-driver-admits-indecent-assault-of-passenger/5448670

Taxi driver Jagdeep Singh admits indecent assault of drunk passenger

Updated Tue 13 May 2014, 8:07am AEST

A lawyer says a former Adelaide taxi driver should be spared jail for indecently assaulting a drunk passenger because he already faces a likelihood of deportation to India.

The District Court heard that in December 2012 Jagdeep Singh, 25, picked up the woman from The Grand hotel at Glenelg in the early hours.

Close to home, the woman crawled out of the taxi and vomited.

The court heard Singh put his hand up the woman’s dress and touched, then kissed her.

Singh had been due to go on trial but the prosecution dropped a charge of attempted rape and he pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault.

The former driver’s lawyer said the man already had been punished by losing his job and his chance to live and study in Australia.

Singh will be sentenced next month.

 

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Mohammad Jawish

Posted: November 27, 2012 by Serendipity in Photo, Victoria
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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/taxi-rides-for-sex-claims/story-e6frf7kx-1111114503405

Cabbie gave rides to girl for sex, court told

  • Kate Jones
  • Herald Sun
  • September 26, 2007 12:00AM

A TAXI driver paid a 13-year-old schoolgirl for sex with free taxi rides and cash, a court heard.

The driver, Mohammad Jawish, 46, believed the girl was a prostitute, despite being told that she was only 13.

Defence counsel Robert Thyssen told the County Court Jawish had offered the girl free taxi trips and cash for sex because he was lonely and taxi driving was “a tough job”.

When arrested, Jawish denied having sex with the girl but DNA evidence caught him out.

Prosecutor Dr Ian Freckelton told the court Jawish, of Reservoir, met the girl in 2003 when he picked her up as a passenger.

He said the Syrian refugee took her shopping for clothes and gave her at least two free cab rides a week.

The court heard the girl told Jawish she was 17, but her older sister told him she was 13.

Despite being told of her real age, Jawish had sex with the girl more than 10 times in 2003 and 2004, the court heard.

The girl reported Jawish to police after he had repeatedly called her on her mobile phone and told her he loved her one night in April 2004.

Jawish has pleaded guilty to two counts of causing a child to take part in an act of prostitution.

Mr Thyssen said his client had five children and a wife in his home country of Syria, but was forced to leave in 2001 because of his political beliefs.

Jawish, who now has two children to a partner he met in Australia, was depressed and extremely anxious about the charges against him, and regretted what had happened.

Judge Jane Campton received a report from Jawish’s psychiatrist that stated he had a low risk of reoffending.

But the judge ordered a new report because the psychiatrist was unaware of the full extent of Jawish’s history.

Judge Campton will sentence Jawish in November.

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/27/2173870.htm?site=northwestwa

Taxi group says occupation ‘irrelevant’ in sex abuse case

Posted February 27, 2008 11:17:00

The Country Taxi Drivers Association says it is irrelevant that a Broome man jailed for four years for assaulting young girls was a taxi driver.

Last week, a jury found Gary John Henery, 49, guilty of five counts of sexually abusing girls aged between 10 and 13 in 2006.

The court heard Henery gave the children money which they used to buy fast food.

Yesterday, chief District Court judge Antoinette Kennedy sentenced Henery to four years jail.

He will be eligible for parole after at least one-and-a-half years.

Ross Lampard from the Country Taxi Drivers Association employed Henerey, but says his occupation is irrelevant.

“None of these offences happened while he was actually operating a taxi,” he said.

Mr Lampard believes the community trusts its taxi drivers and will view this is as an isolated case.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2006-07-17/paedophilia-accused-granted-bail/1803662

Paedophilia accused granted bail

Posted Mon Jul 17, 2006 4:33pm AEST

A taxi driver from Broome in Western Australia has appeared in court charged with 14 child sex offences.

Gary John Henery is accused of offering cash in exchange for sexual favours from a number of Indigenous girls, one as young as 10.

The 47-year-old was not required to enter a plea when he appeared in the Broome Magistrates Court today.

He has been released on bail to reappear in court next month.

Henery’s taxi licence has been revoked by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure while he faces the charges.

 

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Craig Lawrence Davy

Posted: October 26, 2012 by Serendipity in Victoria
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‘You’re not welcome here’: Victim’s relative warns convicted child sex offender following appeal

CHRIS MCLENNAN – Sunraysia Daily

13 Apr, 2011 04:00 AM

CRAIG Davy would not be welcome back to Sunraysia after his release, a relative of one his child victims warned yesterday.

“He should not be allowed to breathe the same air again as the people who are suffering a life sentence,” she said.

Davy, the convicted Sunnycliffs child sex offender, has won an effective reduction of six years of his jail sentence.

The Victorian Supreme Court on Friday upheld has appeal against the severity of his sentence.

Rather than a release date of 2022 as first sentenced, Davy will now be eligible for parole in 2016.

Davy, now aged 40, was given a lengthy jail term by Judge Pamela Jenkins in Mildura County Court in February 2009 on a series of child sex offences.

Davy, a former bobcat operator and taxi driver, pleaded guilty to 19 charges.

He had admitted “grooming” two young boys, one aged eight and the other aged 13, for repeated sexual acts after adopting a father figure relationship which lasted many years.

He was also convicted of producing child pornography.

Police seized hundreds of videos and thousands of photographs and child pornography animation when they first searched Davy’s house in 2008.

The appeal was heard by Justices Bongiorno, Harper and Jansen in the Court of Appeal.

Davy was sentenced to 16 1/2 years with 14 years set by Judge Jenkins before being eligible for parole.

The appeal reduced the sentence to 11 years with a minimum to be served of eight years.

A close relative of one of Davy’s victims said the family had already made a note of his release date.

“We will not forget, we will be sounding the alarm again in 2016,” she said.

“They get to finish their time but the victims suffer for the rest of their lives.”

The relative said the family was angry they were denied easy access to the Court of Appeal because it was held in Melbourne.

“Perhaps if they had’ve seen our faces, if they had’ve seen the victims as the original sentencing judge, their decision may have been different.

“They made their judgement off a piece of paper.”

The relative said Davy would not be welcome back to Sunraysia after his release and not because of any threat of violence.

“It would not be wise, there are too many people with long memories so we would make sure he would have no peace.”

 

Jail break: Sentence reduced by six years for convicted Sunnycliffs sex offender

BY CHRIS MCLENNAN – Sunraysia Daily

12 Apr, 2011 04:00 AM

CONVICTED Sunnycliffs child predator Craig Davy will be out of jail in five years.

The parents of one of his victims yesterday said they were appalled at a court decision to reduce Davy’s sentence.

The Victorian Supreme Court on Friday upheld his appeal against the severity of his jail term and as a result ordered an effective six-year reduction in his minimum term.

Rather than 2022 as first sentenced, Davy will now be eligible for parole in 2016.

Relatives of his still emotionally-scarred victims living in Mildura said they were shocked by the decision.

Privately, they said, they were even hoping Davy may have had more years added to his sentence.

Davy, now 40, was given a lengthy jail term by Judge Pamela Jenkins in Mildura County Court in February 2009 on a series of child sex offences.

Davy, a former bobcat operator and taxi driver, pleaded guilty to 19 charges.

He had admitted “grooming” two young boys, one aged eight and the other aged 13, for repeated sexual acts after adopting a father figure relationship which lasted many years.

He was also convicted of producing child pornography.

Police seized hundreds of videos and thousands of photo­graphs and child porno­graphy animation when they first searched Davy’s house in 2008.

Davy showed little emotion when he received the lengthy jail sentence in 2009 but family members of his victims were in tears.

“It’s more than we could have wished for,” a grandmother of one of the victims said.

That same family wanted to sound the alarm about Davy’s present success.

“The kids he molested are serving a life sentence after what he had done to them,” one relative said.

The appeal was heard by Justices Bongiorno, Harper and Jansen in the Court of Appeal.

They upheld several elements of the appeal, specifically the failure of the sentencing judge to give a greater discount for pleading guilty and thus saving his victims from the ordeal of a trial and also to fix a greater period between the cumulative jail and the minimum sentence.

The appeal court also differed with the sentencing judge on the method used to combine the sentences on each offence.

Davy was originally sentenced to 16½ years in jail with 14 years set by Judge Jenkins before being eligible to be released from prison.

He was 38 when he was sentenced in court, and was to have been 52 when released – he will now be 45.

The appeal was heard by Justices Bongiorno, Harper and Jansen who applied a new sentence of 11 years with a minimum to be served before being eligible for parole of eight years.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-02-26/sunraysia-man-jailed-over-child-sex-charges/1601610

Sunraysia man jailed over child sex charges

Posted Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:38am AEDT

A man from Victoria’s Sunraysia region has been sentenced to 16 years in jail for child sex offences and producing child pornography.

Craig Lawrence Davy, 38, of Sunnycliffs, in the state’s north-west, pleaded guilty to 19 charges and was sentenced in the County Court in Mildura yesterday to a minimum of 14 years before being eligible for parole.

Police seized hundreds of videos and thousands of photographs and child pornography animation when they searched Davy’s house last year.

The court heard Davy had groomed two boys for sex by establishing himself as a father figure to them when one of the victims was eight-years-old and the other was 13.

 

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