Indian cab driver jailed for six years in Australia for rape
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A 30-year-old Indian taxi driver has been sentenced to six years in prison in Australia for raping a drunk and vulnerable teenage schoolgirl who he had been asked to drop home.
County Court judge Wendy Wilmoth said Nitin Rana, who was found guilty by a jury of three counts of rape, had preyed on the 17-year-old girl when she was in such an intoxicated state that she could not sit up straight in the taxi or even fasten her seat belt.
Rana was jailed for six years with a non-parole period of four years and the Judge ordered him to be placed on the sex offenders register for 15 years, according to a media report.
The report said that the teenaged passenger was in such an intoxicated state that she could not sit up straight in the taxi or even fasten her seat belt. Rana was given 50 dollars by a group of good Samaritans to take the girl home.
"The public is entitled to expect to be safe in taxis;parents should be able to trust that their teenage children will be safe in taxis," Wilmoth told Rana.
"This girl's safety was entrusted to you when the people who helped her gave you the money for her fare, to take her safely home.
"Instead you violated that trust when you raped her." "[The victim] was a child, and at the time she was struggling with personal issues and had consumed a large amount of both medication and alcohol," the judge said.
"She was very drunk, and this could be seen from her condition and behaviour before and at the time of getting into your taxi.
"It is clear from the verdict that the jury accepted that you knew what her condition was," Wilmoth said. The teenager had been drinking vodka at a friend's house before sharing a taxi with a male friend to a railway station in Melbourne's east at about 1 am on November 4 last year.