A man working as a taxi driver in Winchester in 2017 has been jailed after being found guilty of rape following a seven day trial at Southampton Crown Court.
Ferham Khan, aged 29, from Derby Road, Southampton was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for raping a 33-year-old woman in his taxi in September 2017.
The woman had been enjoying a night out with her friends and at the end of the evening called for a taxi so she could get home. The court heard how Khan had picked up the woman from Broadway in Winchester at around 1am on Saturday 30 September 2017. On the journey home, Khan preyed on the woman, believing she had fallen asleep he pulled over in an unknown location and proceeded to sexually assault her.
The victim explained the impact the events of that night has had on her life: “On that night, I did as any young woman would. I went out with friends and I took a taxi home. What happened in the taxi destroyed me. That man shattered my world into tiny pieces. The pain and suffering I have endured because of what he did to me has left me broken.”
The jury found Khan guilty by unanimous verdict.
The judge sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment.