UPDATED WITH CORRECTION AT END
A Brighton and Hove cabbie has been charged with raping a woman after dropping her home from a work Christmas party.
Ajmal Hazraty, 37, is due to appear in court this morning (Saturday 4 January) charged with two counts of raping the 31-year-old woman.
He is alleged to have raped her twice at her flat in Worthing in the early hours of Saturday 21 December.
Sussex Police said: “A man has been charged with raping a woman at an address in Worthing on (Saturday) 21 December.
“Ajmal Hazraty, 37, a taxi driver, of Haven Way, Newhaven, is due to appear in custody at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (4 January) charged with two offences of raping the 31-year-old woman at her flat in Worthing in the early hours of Saturday 21 December.
“The charge, authorised by the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service), follows an investigation by detectives from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.”
The attack is alleged to have happened after the victim was picked up in Western Road, close to the junction with Queen Square, at around 1.30am on the Saturday before Christmas.
Two days after the alleged attack Detective Inspector Steve Cobbett said: “This is a highly distressing incident and the victim has been seen and supported by specially trained officers from our Safeguarding Investigations Unit.”
Our original report said that Hazraty was an Uber driver. This was based on information provided in good faith by Sussex Police but which was incorrect.
Sussex Police said: “At the time of the alleged offence, Hazraty was licensed as a taxi driver by Brighton and Hove City Council.
“It has since been clarified that information previously supplied to the effect that Hazraty had been working for Uber at the time of his arrest is incorrect.
“He was a licensed taxi driver but had been working independently.”