An Uber driver has been jailed after kidnapping and sexually assaulting a vulnerable woman before dropping her miles from her home.
Mdsultan Mahamud, 36, has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after locking his victim in his car and assaulting her after a night out in Manchester in August 2020.
Half an hour after the woman was abducted, Mahamud dropped her off in Rochdale, miles from her home in Salford, the Crown Court on Minshull Street heard.
Prosecutors told how Mahamud began speaking out about “intimate” sexual details between him and his wife after the woman boarded an Uber.
He then told her she was “pretty”, grabbed her shirt and kissed her forcefully on the lips.
Although Mahamud declined his invitation to return to his home, he took no for an answer and began driving around Manchester while sexually assaulting her.
The victim was heard saying, “I want to go home. can i go out now Please drop me, please.’
Mahamud replied that she could “enjoy herself” before taking her home.
Her ordeal was compounded by the fact that she had been brutally raped by a stranger on her way home the year before.
In a statement, the woman recalled: “I was really scared at the time. I didn’t know if he had a gun, I didn’t know what his plans were.
“I put my trust in this service because I thought it was the safest option.
“I put my trust in a company that I thought would protect me from harm.”
During the attack, she was able to film Mahamud and send desperate messages to her friends.
She wrote: “He kidnapped me I don’t know what to do I’m so scared.
‘I can’t do that again.’
Mahamud had also kept the details of the case secret from his heavily pregnant wife until the day he was convicted and sent to prison, which the judge described as an “unintentional victim”.
Judge Angela Nield said: “It is unbearable to think about what the applicant has endured over time, the agony and anxiety she must have endured after her experience the year before.
“It’s bad enough that it should happen, but happening to a woman that young makes it a lot worse.”
The woman has now left the country, saying the attack helped move the move and she is afraid to use taxis.
She said: “He completely broke my faith in what should be a safe method for everyone to get where they want to be.
“I feel like it’s basically taking away my agency as I always rely on someone else being available to come home with me.
“I no longer feel safe going anywhere alone.”
Mahamud initially denied the attack took place but was later forced to admit it after being shown videos taken by the victim.
He later lied again, claiming the woman wanted it and that the encounter was consensual.
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