A TAXI driver from South Tyneside has gone on trial accused of sexually assaulting a woman passenger.
Randgar Mohammad is alleged to have offered a woman a free lift home before kissing her on the face and neck.
A jury a Newcastle Crown Court heard how Mohammad, of Dean Road, South Shields, was working as a driver in South Tyneside when the incident was alleged to have taken place.
Mohammad, 30, denies a charge of sexual assault.
Michael Bunch, prosecuting, said: “A young lady spent the evening at a friend’s house.
“She was walking home and as she walked along the defendant’s taxi pulled over and he offered her a lift. She noticed the vehicle had a Hackney Carriage display and she decided it was safe to take the taxi ride home.”
He added: “He asked her if the two of them could go to the beach and persisted with the request, leaning over and kissing her on the face and neck.
“He also asked her if they could meet the following day and asked her to write down her phone number, which she did before running home.”
Mr Bunch told the jury how the victim later received a telephone call and, recognising the defendant’s voice, hung up immediately.
When the defendant continued to ring, she called him back to confront him about what happened.
She told her friend about the incident before reporting the alleged assault to police two weeks later.
Mr Bunch told the court that, when Mohammad was arrested, he told police nothing had happened.
Mr Bunch said: “He told police he gave her a free lift home on a rainy night to help her out.
“He did so with the view of her using him for taxi services in the future.
“It is the prosecutions case that the defendant took advantage of a passenger.”
The trial continues.