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Fake Uber driver ‘sexually assaulted two passengers nightclub district looking vulnerable women’ 

Fake Uber driver, 41, ‘sexually assaulted two passengers after driving around a nightclub district looking for vulnerable women’

  • A 41-year-old man was arrested during a police raid on his Carindale home 
  • A 25-year-old and a 23-year-old told police they were assaulted separately
  • CCTV footage has backed up the statements both women made to police

A man who posed as an Uber driver and allegedly sexually assaulted two women while driving them from nights out has appeared in court.

The 41-year-old was arrested during a raid on his home in Carindale in Brisbane’s east on Friday.

A 25-year-old and a 23-year-old told police he had picked them up in the nightclub district of Fortitude Valley and assaulted them on separate evenings in September.

He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with one count of deprivation of liberty and three counts of assault.

A man who posed as an Uber driver and allegedly sexually assaulted two women while driving them from nights out in Brisbane has appeared in court (stock image)

Court documents show he approached one of the women in an SUV on Wickham Street about 3.40am on September 8 and told her he was an Uber driver (stock image)

Court documents show he approached one of the women in an SUV on Wickham Street about 3.40am on September 8 and told her he was an Uber driver (stock image)

Court documents show he approached one of the women in an SUV on Wickham Street about 3.40am on September 8 and told her he was an Uber driver.

During the trip the woman opened the Uber application on her phone to realise the ride hadn’t registered but believed he was a registered driver and arranged to pay him in cash.

The pulled up not far from her house where he exposed himself and sexually assaulted her.

He picked up the second woman and her friend about 4.50am on September 16, verbally confirming he had been booked by another friend who had already gone home.

During the trip the woman opened the Uber application on her phone to realise the ride hadn't registered but believed he was a registered driver and arranged to pay him in cash (stock image)

During the trip the woman opened the Uber application on her phone to realise the ride hadn’t registered but believed he was a registered driver and arranged to pay him in cash (stock image)

After dropping the first woman home, he exposed himself, grabbing hold of the woman’s arm and continuing to drive closer to her home when she tried to flee.

Both women told police they had been locked inside the vehicle and feared for their safety because he was much bigger than them.

CCTV footage has backed up their statements to police.

‘The defendant has committed these offences the past two weekends in a row … (we) are concerned that he will continue driving around the Fortitude Valley and City areas in the early hours of the morning on weekends preying on vulnerable women,’ the documents say.

He did not apply for bail and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on November 14. 

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