Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Inverness taxi driver who raped passenger jailed for six years

Anwar Chowdhury
Anwar Chowdhury

A taxi driver who raped a passenger on an isolated road after picking her up from a rank in Inverness has been jailed for six years.

Anwar Chowdhury, 41, collected his victim, who a court heard was “so drunk at the time that she was incapable of giving or withholding consent”, took her to a remote road near Culloden Battlefield and committed the attack.

He later contacted a member of the woman’s family and tried to persuade them to get her to withdraw the complaint.

The married father-of-one, originally from Bangladesh, denied raping the woman in August 2018 and attempting to pervert the course of justice in February last year.

A jury found him guilty of both charges in November, and yesterday at Aberdeen High Court Lord Uist sentenced him to five years imprisonment for the charge of rape, and one year for the attempt to avoid justice, to run consecutively.

Lord Uist said: “Lone women returning from a night out, particularly when they have had too much to drink, must be able to trust a taxi driver to see them home safely.

“You breached that trust in a disgraceful manner when you raped your passenger.”

At the trial, Chowdhury denied his guilt and maintained that the victim initiated the sexual contact, it was consensual, and she was happy when she left his taxi.

But yesterday Lord Uist said his evidence was “ridiculous”.

He continued: “You have all along denied your guilt of rape, and shown no remorse.

“The rape had serious psychological effects on your victim, who has suffered greatly as a result of it.”

Defence counsel Graham Robertson said the 41-year-old had “effectively no previous convictions before this case”, and he has spent his life as a “conventional hard-working man with a wife and child”.

Mr Robertson said Chowdhury had penned a letter with “repeated assertions” that he had brought “shame, dishonour and hurt to his family”.

Chowdhury was also placed on the sex offender’s register “for an indefinite period”.

Detective Inspector Diane Smith said: “Anwar Chowdhury abused a position of trust and responsibility to take advantage of a vulnerable woman for his own gratification when she was not in a position to give consent.

“His behaviour has been deplorable.”

Liam Kerr MSP, the Scottish Conservative’s shadow justice secretary, said the ordeal faced by  Chowdhury’s victim reinforced the need for CCTV in taxis.

He said: “This case is a horrific crime and again highlights the need for protection in taxis.

“Having cameras in taxis would also form a source of evidence that could be used during disputes or when a crime is said to have been committed.”

Andrew Macdonald, chairman of Inverness Taxi Alliance, said: “We very much hope in our hearts that this is an isolated case.

“I am open to putting in CCTV in all seven of my vehicles but we need help from authorities to enable this to be implemented across the board.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]