Brighton and Hove cabbie denies raping passenger

Posted On 31 Jan 2020 at 10:24 am

Brighton and Hove cabbie Ajmal Hazraty has denied raping a woman after driving her home from a work Christmas party.

At Lewes Crown Court today (Friday 31 January), Hazraty was given conditional bail until his trial in the autumn.

The trial date has been set for Monday 14 September, the court was told by Judge Christine Laing, the honorary recorder of Brighton and Hove.

The taxi driver is charged with two counts of raping the woman after picking her up in Brighton.

Hazraty, 37, of Haven Way, Newhaven, was ordered to stay at a property in Kingston upon Thames and has been banned from entering Sussex, except for court appearances and to see his lawyer.

He has been ordered to surrender his passport and not to apply for any international travel documents.

And he has also been ordered to wear an electronic tag so that he could be monitored while under a 7pm to 7am curfew.

Hazraty, who pleaded not guilty to raping the 31-year-old woman at her Worthing home, was also banned from driving for hire or reward while he awaits a trial by jury.

He was told to report every day to a police station and not to contact the complainant or six other people who are believed to be witnesses in the case.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at the woman’s flat in the early hours of Saturday 21 December.

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