A woman who was raped by an illegal minicab driver has said the “horror” of her ordeal will haunt her for the rest of her life, as her attacker was jailed for 11 years.
The 31-year-old victim, who does not want to be named, was picked up by Paul Causer in Shoreditch, east London, during the early hours of August 3 last year.
He unsuccessfully tried to withdraw hundreds of pounds with her bank card during the 22 mile journey to Godstone, Surrey.
He drove her to a secluded spot in Bone Mill Lane and stopped the car, pretending it had a problem, before attacking her.
After forcing himself on her, Causer, 39, dumped the woman by the roadside.
In a statement released by Surrey Police after he was jailed at the Old Bailey today, the woman warned others against the dangers of unlicensed minicabs.
She said: “The past year has been a nightmare and I am now grateful it is all over but the message I would like to remind people is not to get into an unlicensed taxi.
“Despite being aware of the warnings, this was never something that I thought would happen to me. The horror of that night will affect me for the rest of my life.”
Causer, of Barfleur Lane, Deptford, denied rape but was convicted.
He admitted three counts of attempted theft, for which he received an eight month sentence to run concurrently with the 11 year rape sentence.
Detective Sergeant Adele Robertson, who led the investigation, said: “Paul Causer targeted and abused a vulnerable woman and will rightly face time in prison for this abhorrent crime.
“I hope today’s sentence will go some way to giving the victim closure and allow her to move on with her life.”
Appealing to other victims of sexual offences to speak to police, she added: “Offences of this nature are not always reported to us, which is why we are keen to hear from anyone who has been attacked in similar circumstances to come forward. It takes a great deal of courage for victims to talk about what has happened, and they need to feel confident that if they report an offence we can help.”