Sexual assault by Muslim taxi driver might have been avoided if the victim had taken her Mother’s advice about never riding in the front seat with a Muslim driver.
Herald Sun A MELBOURNE court has heard a young woman could have avoided being sexually assaulted by her MUSLIM taxi driver if she had taken her mother’s advice to sit in the back of the cab like other women. (Sorry to burst your bubble, mama, but that probably wouldn’t have saved her either)
“She sat in the front seat … she was advised by her mum not to do that,” barrister Ben Mallick, acting for driver Omar Hassan, told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
“She can avoid this happening by doing what other women do … by sitting in the back seat.” (Not necessarily) The point was rejected by Magistrate Andrew Capell and Mr Mallick agreed not to press it.
To add insult to injury, however, Hassan was spared an immediate term of imprisonment for three counts of indecent assault after Mr Capell heard he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.
Hassan, 42, was found guilty in February of attacking the young woman he was driving home. During the hearing, the court heard it took Victoria Police more than 18 months to lay charges because of a lack of resources.