Crime & the Law

London black cab driver pleads guilty to sexual assaults

London black cab driver David Perry who admitted assaulting two women passengers.

David Perry to be sentenced for sexual assaults. Image: Met Police

David Perry, a 52-year-old black cab driver from Bow, has pleaded guilty to sexual assaults on his passengers and will be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court at the end of March.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command after the offences took place in January 2013 in North London and in May 2014 in East London.

Both offences took place in the early hours of the morning and the victims were both women in their 20s who fell asleep and were assaulted in Perry’s taxi.

Perry had no previous convictions and was arrested at his home address in August 2014.

His DNA was linked to both offences.

Detective Chief Inspector Samantha Price, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said:

Perry, as the driver of an iconic black taxi, was in a position of trust. Sadly, he breached that trust by targeting women who he perceived to be vulnerable. Perry was a taxi driver for some 25-years and I must consider the possibility he may have committed other offences that have not been reported to the police. I would now appeal directly to anyone, who as a result of this case, thinks they may have been raped or assaulted by Perry.

I would like to reassure anyone worried about coming forward that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and specially trained officers will be available to listen to them and support them through each step.

Police are asking anyone who thinks they may have been assaulted by David Perry to call them on 020 8217 6446.

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