Zarif Khan in Uber driver sexual assault case
6 November 2015
Zarif Khan recently concluded a case at Isleworth Crown Court which brought into question the safety of Uber cabs and in particular the effectiveness of their employee vetting.
The Court heard that the driver, Samson Haile, picked up a 26-year-old female passenger in Ladbroke Grove on the night of 27 February and tried to engage her in a conversation with sexual overtones. He also said he wanted to have sex with her. The victim, fearing for her safety, said she wanted to get out of the vehicle, but Haile continued along the road and began to touch her. She managed to flee the car on Cromwell Road, in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and reported the ordeal to the police. The same night Haile asked another female passenger to have sex with him. The woman, an off-duty police officer, linked the incidents.
Uber said it was a "terrible incident" and "as soon as we heard what happened the driver was immediately stopped from using our service". For more information, check the press links below