Cabbie forced himself upon woman, court told

IPSWICH: A cabbie sexually assaulted a young woman in his car after taking her home from a Christmas party, a court was told.

Ghalam Sakhi, 24, is accused of sexually assaulting the 20-year-old near her Ipswich home on December 19 last year.

Sakhi, of Pickwick Road, Ipswich, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday. He denies the allegation of sexual assault.

Prosecutor Joanne Eley told a jury that Sakhi picked up the woman and her three friends from a Christmas party at the Crown pub in Claydon where she had consumed “a few drinks”.

Ms Eley said that after dropping the other women off, the alleged victim was left alone in the car with Sakhi.

Ms Eley said: “She was taken down a dead-end road. She said that the defendant started asking her sexual questions and she felt uncomfortable. She tried to open the door but it was locked and she became scared.”

Ms Eley said that Sakhi “forced himself” on the woman and despite her attempts to push him away he sexually assaulted her.

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She added: “The victim said she was not enjoying herself and asked him to stop.

“He then asked her to have sex in the back of the taxi. But thinking it would give her a chance to escape she agreed to do so. She grabbed her handbag, opened the door and ran off.”

Ms Eley said that DNA matching Sakhi’s profile had been found on the woman’s body following a swab test. She added that the DNA was likely to have come from Sakhi’s saliva.

The case continues.