CCTV footage and inset, Mohammed Malik
Mohammed Malik, caught on CCTV letting a drunk woman get into his black estate car, abducted her for his own sexual gratification
A takeaway boss who posed as a cabbie to kidnap and molest a drunk young woman has been jailed for 11 years.
Fish and chip shop owner Mohammed Malik parked up in Newcastle city centre in his black estate car next to a taxi rank.
When a drunk visitor to the region got in, she was expecting to be taken the short distance to the place she was staying in the city centre.
But instead Malik drove the unsuspecting 20-year-old to a secluded spot in the West End, where he subjected her to a sorid sex attack.
As Malik was locked up for kidnap and sexual assault, his victim told of the devastating effect the attack has had on her in a statement read to Newcastle Crown Court.
She said: “I felt scared, ashamed and embarrassed at what happened.
“I often lock myself in my room and put my headphones on and dance round to try to forget.
“I’ve lost my relationship with my boyfriend due to the stress and trauma this has caused. I’m no longer able to trust men and couldn’t be close to my boyfriend.
“At night I can’t bear getting in a taxi again in case this happens again so I have to rely on my family.
“The trial has been the most difficult and scary time of my life and being in the same building as him was sickening.
“At times I felt as if I was to blame for it and like I was the one on trial.”
The woman was a visitor to the city and had been out celebrating a birthday with friends in March when she started looking for a taxi around 4am.
She got into Malik’s black VW Golf estate near popular complex The Gate, on Newgate Street, and asked to be taken the short distance to the place in the city centre where she was staying with friends.
Prosecutor Julian Smith said: “Unfortunately for her, the car she got into, believing it to be a taxi, is nothing of the sort.
“She found herself in the defendant’s car, who drove her to a secluded area to the west of the city, away from the city centre. He would not let her leave the car or take her to her friends or the place where she was staying.
“He took her away under false pretences, he would not let her leave and he then took the opportunity to seriously sexually assault her.”
The court heard the young woman and her friends had been to a number of bars, including Popworld, Kiss and Destiny.
They ended up in a takeaway near The Gate, at which point the victim left and went looking for a cab.
As she was a stranger to Newcastle, she didn’t realise she was only 200 yards from the place where her and her friends were staying.
CCTV shows Malik’s car driving down the road away from the Haymarket and it stops in the layby taxi rank outside Debenham’s.
The victim approaches him and speaks to him then gets in the car. Malik, who manages a number of properties, including a fish and chip shop, drove off with the woman.
Three men passing by saw the woman getting into the car, which they noticed was not a taxi.
They made a note of the registration number and texted it to police. This would ultimately help nail Malik but could not stop the attack.
Despite the woman’s screams of “No”, Malik dragged her into the back seat by her arms and legs and subjected her to a sexual assault.
Police were called and when the woman was examined they found bruising to her arms and legs.
Malik was arrested later the same day as a result of his number plate having been sent to the police.
His DNA was also recovered from the victim’s clothing.
Malik, 30, of Beaconsfield Street, Arthur’s Hill, Newcastle never in trouble before, had denied kidnap and sexual assault but was convicted after a trial last month.
Judge John Milford QC, who said he could not be sure the attack was pre-planned, told Malik he must sign the sex offender register for life and jailed him for 11 years.
The judge said: “This was a case of abduction and there was prolonged detention and it was a sustained incident.
“(The woman) was particularly vulnerable due to the fact she was inebriated.”
Malik’s barrister said he had lost an “awful lot” as a result of the offence, including his fish and chip shop and other properties he managed.
Malik has been in the country 10 years without getting in any trouble, is a family man and the attack was an “aberration”, his barrister added.