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Fake Uber driver, a Pakistani national, jailed for sexual assault

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A fake Uber driver who sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl after tricking her into his car has been jailed.
Faizan Abdullah, 29, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and possessing child abuse material.
Magistrate Donna Bakos described his offending as “brazen” and sentenced him to 15 months behind bars.
In February last year, the security guard spotted a teenage girl waiting for an Uber.
The court heard Abdullah lured the teenage girl into his car by pretending to be her driver then erratically drove her to a dimly lit factory to sexually assault her.
The victim’s lawyer said Abdullah held his forearm against the teen’s chest to hold her against a fence.
Abdullah’s victim told the court she struggled through her final year of school because of the assault, withdrawing from friends and family.
“I still find myself asking ‘why?’, maybe if I wasn’t wearing a dress or if I was careful enough,” the young woman said in her victim impact statement.
“When I see a man in the street with some similarities to this man I feel so scared.”
Abdullah showed no remorse today and tried to blame the year 12 student for leading him on.
Appearing from Marngoneet Correctional Centre via video link, Abdullah sat upright in his chair.
When his victim spoke of how the attack had impacted her life, he appeared unfazed.
Bakos said a 15-month jail term was appropriate as “members of the public have the right to feel safe”.
Abdullah could be released from custody in days after already serving 475 days in pre-sentence detention.
The Pakistani national now faces deportation and has been placed on the sex offenders register.