Glasgow & West Scotland

Fake taxi driver Sajjad Hussain guilty of sex assaults

A 42-year-old man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two women in his car while posing as a taxi driver.

Sajjad Hussain, who has a previous conviction for a similar offence, carried out the assaults in Glasgow in July and November last year.

He had claimed to be at home with his brother on both occasions but a jury at Glasgow Sheriff Court convicted him.

Sentence on Hussain, who is already on the sex offenders register, was deferred for background reports.

The court heard how the women, aged 23 and 39, who cannot be named for legal reasons, got into his car expecting to be taken home safely but were instead sexually assaulted.

Passengers attacked

The youngest of the two women told the jury Hussain's car was a "private hire looking car" and was waiting outside the Casino on Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street around 0600 BST last July.

She said when she heard the driver would charge her only a few pounds to get home and opened the passenger door for her she got in.

After reaching her destination in Tradeston, Hussain tried to kiss the woman and put his hand into her bra.

When she pushed him off he said: "You know you want it".

Hussain's victim shoved him off and threw money at him before running out of the taxi.

The former taxi driver's next victim got in to his car in November at Battlefield Road, believing it to be the taxi her friend had phoned for her.

She told the court how Hussain's had brushed her leg before he began groping her.

His second victim escaped from the car when it stopped at traffic lights before getting help and alerting police.

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