Crime & the Law

Snaresbrook Crown Court judge jails London black cab driver for sexually assaulting his passengers

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

Black cab driver David Perry. Image: Met Police

A London black cab driver has been jailed for 10 years and will serve another five years on licence for sexually assaulting his passengers.

52 year old David Perry, of Bow (E3), pleaded guilty to four sexual offences in relation to two victims.

The attacks took place on 27th January 2013 in Calabria Road (N5) and on 4th May 2014 near Glebelands Avenue (E18).

The assaults  took place in the early hours of the morning and the victims were both women in their 20s who fell asleep in Perry’s taxi and woke up to find him attacking them.

Nigel Cox [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Snaresbrook Crown Court. Image: Nigel Cox [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Judge John Lafferty at Snaresbrook Crown Court said the victims had suffered ‘serious psychological harm.’

He told him:

Undoubtedly you pose a very significant risk of causing serious harm to other women by committing offences of a sexual nature were you at large in the community.

You were aware of the danger you posed to women in the back of your cab.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

David Perry's taxi. Image: Met Police

David Perry’s taxi. Image: Met Police

Last August Perry was arrested and charged when his DNA was matched to both offences.

He had no previous convictions.

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

Perry’s sentence reflects his crimes and I am pleased that he will now serve a lengthy prison sentence.

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.

Thankfully, those women came forward and reported him to the police. Today, I must praise them both for their strength and determination to see him brought to justice.

As part of this investigation we have made detailed enquiries into his past and eliminated unsolved cases from this enquiry. 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.

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