Sexual Offenses, Trials | Taxi driver convicted of attempted rape

A 36-year-old taxi driver has been sentenced to four years in prison for attempted rape against a female passenger in Rogaland a year and a half ago.

The majority in the Gulating Court of Appeal finds it proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the accused tried to rape a passenger in October 2019, writes Stavanger Aftenblad.

The accused admitted in court that he picked up the woman that night, but denied that he ever touched her. The now 36-year-old man was sentenced to three years and six months in prison when the case was up in the district court last year. He has denied criminal guilt, both in the district court and in the court of appeal.

In addition to attempted rape, the 36-year-old is convicted of having shown sexually abusive behavior towards another passenger. During the two years the man worked as a taxi driver, he was reported by three different women, but the third case is obsolete. The court did not believe the defendant’s explanation that he never touched the women.

In addition to four years behind bars, the man has been sentenced to four years’ driving. He is also never allowed to drive a taxi again. He was further sentenced to pay 130,000 kroner in reparation to the woman he tried to rape.

(© NTB)

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