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Cabbie charged for rape of Stockholm passenger

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09:10 CET+01:00
A 39-year-old taxi driver has been charged for raping a 28-year-old female passenger in the back seat while taking her home after a night out in the Stockholm nightlife district of Stureplan.

The woman was alone on a September evening when she flagged a taxi at Stureplan and asked the driver to take her to her home in Solna, north of the city, reports the newspaper Metro.

However, the driver allegedly didn't take the woman home, but instead drove her to a secluded wooded area nearby and then sexually assaulted the woman in the back seat.

He then proceeded to driver the woman home, offering her his phone number on the back of the taxi receipt, saying she should feel free to get in touch if she ever wanted to have sex again.

The 39-year old driver, who according to Metro works for one of Stockholm's larger taxi services, has now been prosecuted for rape.

Prosecutors allege the man took advantage of the fact that the 28-year-old was drunk and in a helpless state at the time.

During questioning, the driver admitted to having had sex with the woman, but claimed that the sex was consensual.

He also explained that he gave his phone number to to the woman so that she could get “a better price for a taxi” the next time she needed a cab home.

The cab driver's trial is set to start next week.

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