A sex fiend who posed as a taxi driver to rape a 20-year-old woman he picked up from a Wolverhampton nightclub had his prison sentence increased to 10 years today.
Boshir Ali struck outside Babylon in North Street. The victim, who had been on an evening out with workmates, was helped by a colleague into the 35-year-old attacker’s parked car that had been made to look like a taxi with a yellow sticker down the side.
Both mistook it for a licensed taxi and her colleague, assuming she was safe, inadvertently left her to the mercy of Ali, the Appeal Court in London was told.
Instead of being taken home, she was driven to a lay-by on the A41 near its junction with the M54. Two police officers approached the vehicle to check what was going on but he said she was his girlfriend and they allowed him to drive off to a car park in Tipton where the attack took place.
Ali then dumped the victim near her home. Ali from Wellington Road, Tipton, was arrested the day after the attack just before midnight in May last year.
The victim said in a statement that, after the attack, she had ‘difficulties expressing her feelings’, had problems socialising, endured sleepless nights and found herself ‘unable to move on from the experience’, the court heard.
Ali was jailed for seven years and nine months after being convicted of rape following a trial in November. But today the case went before the Court of Appeal in London where the Solicitor General Oliver Heald asked for the jail term to be increased.
After it was raised to 10 years he said: “This is an appalling case where a man assumed a position of trust by posing as a taxi driver and then went on to betray that trust when he raped the young woman he had agreed to take home. An assault of this nature is every woman’s nightmare.”
Judges said Ali had deliberately parked his car to ‘mislead the public into believing he was a taxi driver’ and picked a woman who was ‘worse for wear with a view to sexual assault’.