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Taxi driver guilty of sex attacks
Glasgow Sheriff Court
Akram was found guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court
A taxi driver is facing jail after being convicted of indecently assaulting a woman and a teenage girl in his cab.

Mohammed Akram carried out two separate attacks on his victims - aged 44 and 16 - in Glasgow's south side last year.

The 45 year-old had denied the allegations, claiming they were "a pack of lies".

But the private hire driver was found guilty of both charges at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Sheriff Rita Rae told him: "If you were to be believed these people made up accusations of similar indecent conduct by you.

"In my view, all of the witnesses were wholly reliable and credible and I believe them - I do not believe you."

Lewd comments

The married father-of-four, of Govanhill, Glasgow, was immediately placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for five years.

The court heard how Akram had picked up the 16-year-old and her friend in the city's Paisley Road West following a night out in April 2003.

They had originally called another company, but it did not show up and they asked Akram - who had been waiting nearby - if he would take them home.

Akram began making a series of lewd comments soon after they got in.

The court heard he asked the girls if they were "lesbians" and had they "ever been with a black man before".

Akram indecently assaulted his teenage victim at traffic lights.

The victim punched Akram's registration number into her mobile phone and called police when she got home.

Sentence deferred

Another incident occurred in November when Akram picked up a 44-year-old woman from her home in the city.

She told the trial the driver had demanded more money after the fare had been paid and then forced her to commit a sex act on him before letting her leave the cab.

Akram - a driver with Glasgow firm Pacific Cars - claimed he had been at home when the incident with the 16-year-old happened.

He also denied attacking the other woman and alleged that he had been racially abused.

Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports.


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