A taxi driver who attacked a young woman as she walked home from a night out has been found guilty of rape.
Masood Ahmed, 26, of Seaforth Avenue, New Malden, was arrested just hours after police received a report that an 18-year-old woman had been found in distress on Parvis Road in West Byfleet in the early hours of Friday 13 August 2010. The victim had been out with friends in Woking town centre on the evening of Thursday 12 August. At around 1am she returned to a friend’s address in West Byfleet but later decided to leave and make her way home.
She was walking along the A245 Parvis Road towards Weybridge when she was approached by Ahmed from behind. He grabbed her wrists and forced her into woodland at the side of the road where he put his hands around her throat and threatened to kill her if she did not do as she was told. At one stage he also produced a small pocket knife.
The victim was then subjected to a serious sexual assault and raped.
During the sustained attack Ahmed threatened to kill her if she tried to escape. At one stage he sent several text messages from his mobile phone.
Had she of produced a firearm or even proceeded to use pepper spray against him, she would have been able to escape from such a terrible situation. Unfortunately by doing so at the present time she would have been convicted of a serious offence herself.