Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Bogus taxi driver attacked girl, 20

A man who pretended to be a taxi driver has been jailed for four years for sexually assaulting a girl in Hemel Hempstead.

Mashain Pitchei, 45, of Rosebery Way, Tring, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday, October 21. Pitchei was parked in Marlowes when he offered a lift to a 20-year-old girl, who had been on a night out with friends. Believing it was a licensed taxi, she got in the vehicle and he drove off.

Pitchei then pulled over in Piccotts End Road where he sexually assaulted her.

The victim ran from the silver Ford Focus and flagged down a passing taxi who called police. Pitchei was arrested the same night.

He has been jailed for four years and will spend a further five years on licence and placesd on the sex offenders register.

Det Insp Justine Jenkins from the Dacorum local crime unit said: “We strongly believe Pitchei was deliberately preying on vulnerable women, using the guise of a licensed taxi. He presented a real danger.

“While there are a number of safeguards we put in place in the town to keep people safe, along with Dacorum Borough Council, this highlights the dangers of unlicensed taxis.

“As a constabulary we run regular campaigns highlighting the importance of taking care of yourself and your friends on a night out and I would like to reinforce this message.

“If you go out with a group of friends make sure you go home with them, too. Plan how you will get home before you go out and take the number of a reputable taxi company with you.

“I’d also reassure people that this type of incident doesn’t happen very often, and earlier this year we welcomed the introduction of the street wardens to the town. They are on hand in the town during weekend nights to provide help to anyone who may be vulnerable and need assistance.”


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This type of criminal activity is plain for all to see on the streets of London every night of the week when uncontrolable touts and unsupervised mini cab drivers pick up girls of the streets
TfL have proved to be inactive in this field and police activity is mainly restricted to the 69 or so officers attached to Safer Transport Command (when so employed - which seems very little)
The Commissioner of Police must be directed to instruct his Borough Commanders to get their fingers out, brief their officers of the offences involved (little know anything about cab law or mini cab legislation) and sort these problems out before any more females or raped, indecently assaulted or God forbid - murdered.