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Taxi driver caused customer death

Katie Bennett
Miss Bennett fell out of the taxi as the driver pulled off, a court heard

A taxi driver has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a passenger fell out of his moving vehicle.

Katie Bennett, 21, suffered massive head injuries when she tumbled from the cab in Newchapel, Stoke-on-Trent, the city's crown court heard.

Miss Bennett, a mother of a two-year-old daughter, from Newchapel, died two days later in hospital on 26 May 2008.

Mohammed Qaddier, 31, from the city, is due to be sentenced at a later date.

'Under attack'

The court had previously heard how Qaddier pulled away while the vehicle's door was still open.

Qaddier told the jury that his car was being attacked by other customers and did not think anyone was inside when he drove off.

Speaking after the trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, Sgt Richard Moors said: "Staffordshire Police will do everything in its power to ensure passenger safety on the county's roads.

"This is a tragic case, the vast majority of our taxi drivers are law abiding and have a high regard for the safety of their passengers."

He said the force sent their condolences to Miss Bennett's family.

Qaddier has been remanded in custody.

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