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Taxi Driver In Hereford Found Guilty Of Sex Assault & Jailed | Taxi Rank

Hot! Taxi Driver In Hereford Found Guilty Of Sex Assault & Jailed

Nikolay Hristov is a former cab driver who has been jailed for 13 years. He was found guilty of carrying out a serious sexual assault on a woman in the back of his cab. Unlike other prison sentences where the guilty party serves only half the time before being released, 13 years is the minimum sentence to be served. At that stage, he will be assessed by the prison parole board who will decide if he is still a danger to the public. After being released, he will be deported back to Bulgaria and is also to remain on the sex offender’s register for the rest of his life.

He was arrested after an incident on 27 January 2012 when it was reported that a young woman was sexually assaulted in the back of a car. It turned out that the victim entered the taxi of Hristov in Hereford’s Commercial Street with a female friend. The duo had been enjoying a night out in the city. The victim’s friend got out at Grandstand Road and the cab continued towards the victim’s home.

However, Hristov had other ideas and drove the taxi into a secluded spot just off the Kings Acre Road. There, he proceeded to attack the woman in the back of his taxi before sexually assaulting her and bringing her home. The woman told her friend what had happened and the police were called. An investigation was launched and specially trained officers worked to support the victim.

Thanks to a thorough examination of the city’s CCTV, the woman was identified getting into a cab. Hristov was tracked down and arrested five days later and charged. The trial at Hereford Crown Court lasted 8 days and Hristov was found guilty. Judge Toby Hooper QC described the offender as ‘dangerous and calculated’ before sentencing him to a minimum of 13 years in prison. He also praised the police force for their work.

Martyn Barnes was the Detective Inspector on the case and he was determined to catch the perpetrator. He believes that the sentence is an accurate representation of the crime’s seriousness. He described Hristov as a dangerous individual who acted as a predator in order to find a helpless victim who he took advantage of in the most foul way. Barnes saluted the victim for her courage but warned that the crime had left an indelible mark on her. He said that she had remained strong and dignified throughout the proceedings and was keen to prevent other women from suffering the same fate at the hands of Hristov.

Source: westmercia.police.uk

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