Hove taxi driver jailed after sexually assaulting passenger
A taxi driver who sexually assaulted a woman passenger on a late night journey home from Brighton has been sent to prison.
Mansour Sangsary, 64, of Chalfont Drive, Hove, was given a prison sentence totalling seven and a half years when he appeared at Brighton Crown Court on Thursday July 29, having been convicted in June after a six-day trial of four counts of sexual assault, said police. He will also be a registered sex offender indefinitely and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court order, prohibiting him from any employed or voluntary driving, other than of people known to him on a purely social basis.
Sangsary, a licensed Brighton & Hove taxi driver at the time, was in his cab when it was hailed by the woman in Brighton, on Sunday 19 May 2019, police said. Towards the end of the journey he repeatedly sexually assaulted her and she was only able to get away when the taxi was near her home.
Detective Constable Angela Harvey of the Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: “We immediately began enquiries, and CCTV and ANPR, together with information from the victim and witnesses, soon led us to Sangsary.
“Everyone should feel safe in a licensed taxi, and we are glad to have been able to help achieve justice for the victim, who gave evidence in court that helped secure the verdict.
“Please always report sexual offences to us, we will always investigate and also ensure you have access to sources of further support and advice.”
See the Sussex Police website for further information on reporting sexual offences.