Taxi driver cleared over alleged sexual assault on passenger

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A TAXI driver from South Tyneside has been cleared of sexually assaulting a female passenger after picking her up as she walked through the rain in the early hours of the morning.

Randgar Mohammad, 30, was accused of kissing the woman’s face and neck after offering her a lift home on May 6.

After a three-day trial at Newcastle Crown Court, a jury of four women and eight men found him not guilty.

Mohammad, of Dean Street, South Shields, denied all the allegations made against him.

He told the court that there had been nothing unusual about the short drive and that the pair had just had “normal taxi conversations” before he dropped her off near her home.

When Mohommad was arrested and questioned by police he denied that anything had happened between the alleged victim and himself.

Mohommad, who is originally from Iraq, told the court he had only wanted them to be “friends” or for her to become a “regular customer”.

During police interview, he told Detective Inspector Steven King: “I have not touched anyone in my taxi. I am married and my wife means the world to me.”

Stephen Duffield, defending, told the court Mohammad had been driving a taxi since 2011 and had no previous convictions.