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Uber driver charged with rape in Brisbane

Uber driver charged with rape in Brisbane”

Last month, a Pakistani Uber driver was sentenced to jail in Sydney for more than six years after a court found him guilty of raping a drunk female passenger when she fell asleep in his auto.

He also said police have no concerns about the safety of Uber or other ride-sharing services.

She made another booking to return her to her friend's house after she bought the ice-cream.

Queensland state police said the 37-year-old man raped the teenager in his auto on July 8, and the girl reported the assault to police the next morning.

She was then driven back to her friend's house.

Police say that Uber are being cooperative during the investigation, but improving the safety measures of vehicles - like forcing them to have cameras installed - is a matter for the company, and not the police.

His lawyer David Svoboda said the father of two had been in Australia for a year and was on a permanent residency visa.

The court heard the man had moved from the United Kingdom to Australia 12 months ago on a permanent residency visa.

Detectives have previously said they believe the 47-year-old man may have abused other women collected late at night from central Brisbane in the last two years.

Police Superintendent Mick O'Dowd said despite the two charges back to back, officials are now not concerned about the safety of Uber. In a statement, Uber said it had immediately blocked the 37-year-old driver's access to the service after learning of the allegations against him. He was arrested by Queensland Police on Friday.

Detectives believe there could be other victims who have been assaulted in similar circumstances and are appealing for them to report the matter to police.



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