Taxi driver on trial accused of sexually assaulting student he picked up outside Rock City

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A student was allegedly sexually assaulted after she got into a taxi after a night out at Rock City in Nottingham.

The woman - who cannot be identified due to the nature of the allegation - estimated she had drunk one-third of a bottle of vodka that evening.

Nottingham Crown Court heard at the trial of taxi driver Quasim Shakoor - who denies the sexual assault - there was also some evidence to suggest the woman had taken the drug, ketamine.

Rock City on Talbot Street.

Rock City on Talbot Street

Timothy Achurch, prosecuting, told the jury, sworn in at the trial on Thursday morning (December 7), she left the club without her bag, mobile phone and her friends.

Outside she got into a taxi, driven by Shakoor, 24, of Nottingham Road, Nuthall, but the journey took them past the end of her road and she felt something was not right.

"She tried to get her phone to call her friends and realised she did not have her purse, phone or bag with her," said the prosecutor.

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The woman realised she had nothing with her and told the driver she had nothing.

She tried to get out of the car but the doors were locked. Shakoor allegedly said he wanted a kiss first.

But said she would not kiss him.

Then she changed her mind, so she would be let out of the car.

"She says she kissed him on the mouth for about a minute," explained Mr Achurch.

"She asked to get out again - but he said 'no' - and he wanted to touch her first."

He allegedly went on to put his hand down her skirt and touch her.

Nottingham Crown Court

Nottingham Crown Court

The woman managed to get out of the car and ran towards two students in the street.

The 21-year-old said "the taxi driver has just raped me" and "please help me".

Police began investigating in the early hours.

They got the registration number of the car the woman got into from CCTV, and found the defendant in his car in the Nuthall area at 5.10am.

After his arrest, he was interviewed hours later, and admitted the woman got into his taxi outside Rock City, and it was not a pre-booked fare.

He said the woman complained about her knee hurting and she grabbed his hand and put it on her knee when they pulled over.

Then she grabbed his hand again and slid it inside her skirt.

He described her controlling his hand and that he did not actively do anything himself.

As soon as she did that, he told her to get out and swore.

The trial continues.