Bogus taxi driver’s sex attack on mum

Tassawar Shah
Tassawar Shah

A bogus taxi driver who sexually assaulted a Padiham woman who got into his car has been jailed.

Tassawar Shah (29), of Hartley Street, Nelson, pleaded guilty shortly before his trial was due to begin at Burnley Crown Court. He was jailed for nine months and three weeks for the assault on the 32-year-old mum.

The court was told that the woman got into what she believed to be a taxi after leaving Lava and Ignite nightclub in Burnley to return home.

The journey was under way when she asked him how much the fare would be, and he admitted to not being a taxi driver. He missed the turn for her address but, instead of turning around he drove down a back street where he assaulted the woman. He only stopped when she agreed to give him her phone number, which he rang 12 times that night.

Shah (pictured) will be released from prison within weeks as time will be taken off for the 262 days he has spent on tagged curfew. He will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and has to pay a £100 surcharge.