Jailed taxi driver’s jail term stands

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A Burnley taxi driver and dad-of-six who tried to rape a schoolgirl after forcing her into his car has failed in an appeal against conviction.

Tamur Yaqub (33), of Waterbarn Street, was caged for eight years at Manchester Crown Court in May last year after a jury convicted him of trying to rape the teen.

Prosecutors claimed Yaqub grabbed the victim and forced her into his cab after spotting her walking home in Oldham in January 2012. He drove her to a secluded spot where he pinned her down in his car and tried to have sex.

The defendant denied any wrongdoing, telling the jury there was “consensual sexual activity” between him and the teen at his home.

He challenged his conviction at London’s Appeal Court claiming the judge should have thrown out the case for lack of evidence.

But Mr Justice Green, sitting with Lady Justice Macur and Mr Justice Supperstone, said there had been “more than ample evidence” to condemn Yaqub.