Woman mouths ‘help’ at McDonald’s drive thru after bogus taxi driver tricked her

A young woman targeted by a bogus private hire taxi driver mouthed "help" to McDonald's staff after he squeezed her thigh.

Joseph Prior, 40, went out late at night trying to pick up fares and deliberately targeted a "drunk" lone victim.

When the woman got in his car, the dad-of-one pulled into a quiet street, then put his hand on the "terrified" 23-year-old's leg.

She rejected his advances and he took her to a McDonald's drive-thru where she alerted staff who rang the police, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Prosecutor Zillah Williams told Liverpool Crown Court: "She caught the eye of and tried to get the attention of the girl serving at the drive-thru and mouthed the word 'help' at her."

Prior offered cocaine to his victim before he was arrested, and magnetic plates for the private hire firm he used to work for were found in the boot of his Ford Focus.

The court heard Prior's licence had been revoked after complaints from female passengers about "sexualised" comments.

He was jailed having denied sexual assault, false imprisonment and supplying and possessing cocaine before admitting common assault and supplying cocaine ahead of a trial, with the other charges left to lie on the file.

Judge Rachel Smith said Prior, of Liverpool city centre, was driving around seeking to pick up fares illegally when he saw the woman as she was walking to catch a train home after a night out in the Wirral on March 8, 2019.

The judge said: "It seems to me any suggestion you were acting as a Good Samaritan is disproved by subsequently what you did to her in the car."

Judge Smith said Prior had the "terrified" woman in his car for around 40 minutes.

She said there was "deliberate targeting" of a victim who was "particularly vulnerable".

The judge said the woman would only have got in Prior's car because she thought he was a taxi driver and he "misled" her and "touched her inappropriately".

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Judge Smith said whatever the motive was for this was, he "frightened" his victim and without a request later offered her cocaine.

She said: "Members of the public have the right to be safe from harm when they choose to use a taxi.

"That means that all members of the public but particularly those who are vulnerable, for whatever reason, must be protected from criminals who pose as licensed taxi drivers when they're not, deceive them into getting into a car and then commit offences against them."

Judge Smith jailed Prior for 18 months and handed him a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order with restrictions including a ban on him working as or pretending to be a taxi driver.

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