Taxi driver forced teenager who thought she was kidnapped to commit sex in a taxi

A taxi driver who forced a teenage girl who thought she was kidnapped to commit sex for him in her taxi has been sentenced today.

Adil Taj, 42, pounced on the girl, then 17, on a trip from Glasgow city center on September 6, 2019.

She said she got scared when Taj asked to kiss her, stopped the car and jumped into the back seat.

Taj also slapped a 21-year-old foreign student after she rented him a room in her Springburn apartment, also in September 2019.

Taj was convicted by a jury of two counts of sexual assault after a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The first girl, now 19, testified that Taj told her he could take her home in his taxi after missing her train from Glasgow Central at midnight.

She said: “He looked at the rearview mirror on the front of the car and said I was a pretty girl.

“He asked me to kiss him, I was scared, I thought he was going to kidnap me.

“He stopped the car and came to the back and unzipped his pants.”

The girl then said that Taj grabbed her hand and made her perform a sexual act before driving her home.

She said, “I was crying in my room… I went to the police station the next day. “

Kevin Corr, defending, asked her why she hadn’t left the cab.

She said: “I didn’t know what to do and I didn’t know where I was, he could have run after me.

The court also heard from the second woman who claimed to have rented a room at Taj on AirBnB when she was 19 because it was the cheapest in town.

She said: “I told her I was stressed and my hands hurt while working as a waitress in a restaurant.

“He took my hands and massaged them and I thought it was really embarrassing.

“I pulled my hand away… I told him I was going to bed and he said he wished he could kiss me – I was shocked.

“I told her that I have a boyfriend and that I am not interested in old people.”

Prosecutor Chris Farrell asked how she felt and she replied, “These old men are garbage.”

The woman said she continues to check her bank balance online to see if she can afford to switch to another AirBnB.

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She claimed that she was called into the kitchen by Taj the following night while wearing her pajamas.

The woman said, “When I turned my back to go to my room, he slapped me on the buttocks.

“I turned around and told him he was a perv and he was an old man, called him an asshole and fuck you.”

Mr Corr suggested that the reason the woman filed a complaint against Taj was because he complained to AirBnB that she claimed she broke her washing machine and smoked cannabis.

The woman replied, “I don’t agree.”

The sentence has been postponed until next month for substantive reports from Sheriff Joan Kerr who put Taj on the sex offender registry and remand him on remand.

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