Limerick taxi driver guilty of sexually assaulting student

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A TAXI driver has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a student in his taxi as he was bringing her home from a night out in the city centre.

A TAXI driver has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a student in his taxi as he was bringing her home from a night out in the city centre.

Abdul Mannan, aged 39, of Rhebogue Meadows, Dublin Road had pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the then 19-year-old in the Castletroy area of the city on February 7, 2011.

It had been the prosecution case that the married father-of-two, who is originally from Bangladesh, assaulted the Mary Immaculate College student after she fell asleep in his taxi.

She had been socialising in the city centre earlier in the night as part of the college’s Rag-week celebrations.

During a three-day trial, the victim told Limerick Circuit Court, when she woke up she didn’t recognise where she was and she told the jury the defendant had his fingers inside her vagina.

In his evidence, Mannan claimed the student had forced him to do this when he refused to have sex with her after she accused him of taking a wrong turn.

Following just under three hours of deliberations, the jury of nine men and three women returned with a majority guilty verdict this afternoon.

Mannan was remanded in custody and will be sentenced tomorrow.