AN UNLICENSED cab driver has been jailed following sexual assaults on two women in 2010.
Amir Bhatti, 33, of Cranford Lane, Hounslow, admitted two counts of sexual assault, and one count of theft in October last year.
He was sentenced to four years imprisonment for public protection at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday (24).
Detective Constable Serena D'Adamo said: "Bhatti used his job as an unlicensed cab driver to target vulnerable women and get them into his car so he could carry out the assaults. This case should serve as a reminder to women to take sensible precautions when planning a night out and ensure they have a safe way of getting home."
The first allegation of sexual assault was made to police on November 11 by an 18 year-old who had been at a nightclub in Kingston in the early hours of that day.
She had become separated from her friends, got into the front seat of a cab driven by Bhatti, and when he stopped at traffic lights, he touched her upper leg. She got out of the car and ran into a nearby hotel.
A second incident was reported three days later when a woman was assaulted leaving Chelsea in a cab and the two offences were linked.
The victim, 31, left a nightclub on Kings Road after feeling ill, and all she remembered was being in the back of a parked car with a man on top of her assaulting her. She claimed she needed to be sick and got out of the car before running to safety.
Both women also had money stolen from their bank accounts via a cashpoint on the nights they were assaulted.
Detectives identified Amir Bhatti as a suspect from a partial registration number of the car used, and CCTV from the cashpoints used by the victims showed him standing with them when they made the withdrawls.
He was arrested later that month and charged.