Licensed Taxi Driver Accused Of Rape To Go On Trial

Taxi driver Ajmal Hazraty has appeared in Lewes Crown Court accused of raping a passenger. The 37 year old taxi driver appeared in court on Saturday accused of rape at an address in Worthing on December 21.

The licenced driver, previously of Haven Way, Newhaven, East Sussex, spoke only to confirm his identity and to state he was a British citizen.

Aphra Bruce-Jones, defending, entered a not guilty plea on behalf of her client to two offences of raping the 31-year-old woman at her flat.

Presiding magistrate Janet Courtney set the next hearing date for January 31 at Lewes Crown Court. The proceedings lasted 50 minutes and the magistrate remanded Mr. Hazraty in custody until the trial date.

The charge, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, follows an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.

The driver is charged in an incident where a woman was raped at her home . The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, got into the cab in Western Road, near the junction with Queen’s Square, Brighton.

She was then taken to her home in Worthing, West Sussex where it is alleged that the driver raped her.