Uber driver jailed over sex assault on Brixton passenger

Written by on January 20, 2016 in Crime, News - Comments Off on Uber driver jailed over sex assault on Brixton passenger
Aliriza Kurt

Aliriza Kurt

An Uber driver who sexually assaulted a woman who booked him from Brixton Tube station was today (20 January) sentenced to 18 months in jail. Aliriza Kurt, 42, of Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, had been convicted of sexual assault on 6 January at Inner London Crown Court.

He is also the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for an indefinite period with the following conditions:

  • Not to have females in any vehicle driven by him (except family).
  • Not to apply to be or act as a public hire driver in England and Wales.

Kurt’s vehicle has been seized and he must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

Kurt, working for Uber, was allocated a fare at around 23:15hrs on 8 May 2015.

The passenger, a 24-year-old woman, got into the car at Brixton Underground Station. During the journey, Kurt leaned across and touched her, saying: “Are you comfortable with this?”

The victim escaped the vehicle before calling police.

Kurt was arrested in the early hours of the following day by officers of the Metropolitan Police Cab Enforcement Unit.

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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