Unregistered Taxi Driver Sexually Assaulted Woman And Demanded £50 Fare To Take Her Home

Mohamed Iqbal was jailed at Guildford Crown Court (Picture: PA Real Life Features)

A university student is warning others against using unregistered taxis in England after she fell victim to a predatory cab driver who sexually assaulted her.

Lily Wright, 22, from Birmingham has waived her right to anonymity to share her terrifying experience and to urge others not to take unlicensed cabs.

Lily and her friend Jamielee Smalldon, 21, had flagged down a taxi, driven by Mohammed Iqbal – a father of three – following a night out in Birmingham.

After dropping Jamielee at her house, Iqbal drove Lily to a secluded wooded area and sexually assaulted her, according to the U.K Daily Mail.

He then drove her home – after he ordered her to pay him £50 for the return fare.  “It was disgusting and I was convinced he was going to kill me.”  “After what he’d just done to me, I couldn’t believe he had the nerve to charge me,” she said, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Iqbal first pleaded not guilty to two separate sex attacks – one on Lily, and another on a second woman at another time.  He later changed his plea to guilty.

“The next day police revealed the court had presented the evidence, and my attacker had changed his plea to guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnap,” said Wright.

“I believe women should trust taxi drivers, and take a taxi rather than walking home alone at night,” says Wright.  “But they should book a registered taxi rather than waving one down in the street,” she said.  “You’re putting your safety in their hands. And I learnt my lesson the hard way.”

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Koch Brothers False Voter Registration Mailers

Americans For Prosperity (a conservative group with financial ties to the wealthy brothers Charles and David Koch) sent hundreds of North Carolina voters incorrect voter registration information, according to the State Board of Elections.

The mailers contained false information about the deadline to submit voter registration forms, incorrect contact information for the Secretary of State and State Board of Elections offices and an incorrect explanation about how voters are notified that their information has been received.

Clearly, some people may have sent in the mailers thinking that they would be registered, but were not.

Joshua Lawson, a public information officer with the State Board of Elections, told the News & Observer that his office has been receiving phone calls “all day, every day” asking about the mailings. He said that one resident had even received a registration form addressed to her cat.

“It’s unclear where [Americans for Prosperity] got their list, but it’s caused a lot of confusion for people in the state,” Lawson said, explaining that the group did not alert the board before sending the forms.

Misinformation about voter registration can be a felony if it is intentionally misleading and suppresses votes.

Bob Hall, the executive director of Democracy NC, told The Huffington Post that he believed an investigation should be conducted.

In his statement, Hall referenced a television ad that State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R) was forced to change after the state’s NAACP chapter complained that it gave misleading information to voters about a new identification requirement that doesn’t go into effect until 2016.