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Uber Driver Found Guilty Of Raping Female Passanger

Faces up to 14 years jail

Uber Driver Found Guilty Of Raping Female Passanger

A Sydney Uber driver is facing up to 14 years behind bars after he was found guilty of raping a female passenger.

Muhammad Naveed, 41, claimed the woman consented to sex after he picked her up in his Uber at King's Cross on a Saturday night in October 2015.

But a Downing Centre District Court jury found otherwise on Wednesday, convicting Naveed after just hours of deliberations.

The trial heard the victim had been drinking with friends before getting into what she thought was a cab to go home.

But the driver had other ideas, and stopped off at a service station for condoms and a bottle of water.

After pulling over in a side street, Naveed asked his passenger if she wanted to move into the back seat.

"The complainant will tell you at this point she could not keep her eyes open and she was falling asleep," crown prosecutor James Trevallion said during the trial.

The woman woke to find Naveed on top of her.

"She did not have enough strength to push him off," Mr Trevallion said.

Naveed was arrested a few days later and told investigators it was "consent sex".

He later testified the woman had asked him for sex but they didn't have intercourse because he couldn't get aroused.

He is due to be sentenced on May 5.

-AAP

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