Uber driver Muhammad Khurram Durrani, 38, raped a female passenger in the back of his car then took a selfie with her. Southwark Crown Court found him guilty on Thursday and sentenced him to 12 years, even though his defense lawyer said this was a “one off” and that Durrani’s relatives in the UK and Pakistan wrote letters to support his character.
“On July 23, 2016, a 27-year-old woman, whose identity is protected by law, booked an Uber to take her home after an evening out in south London,” Chris Ballinger of the Croydon Advertiser reported. “Durrani dropped her at her home address but then, as the woman got to her front door, he approached her from behind, picked her up and took her to the back of his car, before he raped and sexually assaulted her.”
The victim was “almost paralytically drunk” and Judge Tomlinson said Durrani’s actions were as one who lost all self control after taking photos of her sleeping in the back of his car.
“It comes as no surprise to learn, and it’s no exaggeration to say, you have ruined her life,” Judge Tomlinson said. “The harm you did that night is incalculable.”
Durrani will be deported after he serves his sentence and “placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life and subject to a restraining order, and sexual harm protection order,” the Metroplitan Police said.
If anyone else has been assaulted by Durrani, Detectives say to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command team on 101.
Image: Southwark Crown Court Entrance by Christopher Hilton