Teenager’s horror Uber trip after she got into the wrong car in Paddington, Sydney


An 18-year-old woman who was sexually touched after mistakingly getting into the wrong car while waiting for an Uber managed to record the horror ordeal on her phone, court documents revealed.

The driver, 42-year-old Mohamed Maan Hammoud, pleaded guilty on Wednesday at the Sydney Downing Centre Local Court to sexually touching the teenager without consent.

In October last year, the young woman and a friend were drinking at the Village Inn Pub on Glenmore Road in Paddington.

She used the Uber app to book a trip home, about five kilometres away, but had three trips cancelled before she was assigned a white Toyota Corolla.

The 18-year-old woman was drinking with a friend at the Paddington Village Inn when she booked an Uber ride home in October last year

According to the prosecution’s statement of facts, the teenager waited a short while before she mistakenly got into the front passenger side of a black Toyota Corolla hatchback which was driven by the offender, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. 

Hammoud asked the teenager while driving her home, ‘do you get horny?’, which made the young woman feel uncomfortable.

This prompted her to open the voice memos application on her phone and start recording the exchange between her and the offender during the car ride.

Hammoud questioned her about the night and asked if she had ever used drugs, he then ‘placed his hand on [her] right thigh and stroked in an up and down motion up to where her skirt ended,’ the facts state.

She was repeatedly asked, ‘do you like that?’ and was told by Hammoud to ‘spread them’ and ‘spread your legs’.

Hammoud stroked her thigh again before asking her again, ‘do you like that?’ to which she replied, ‘no’.

The prosecution’s statement of facts explains Hammoud then attempted to place his hand under the teenager’s skirt.

‘The victim said ‘mm, no’, The offender said ‘later?’ [and] the victim did not reply to this,’ the facts state.

Hammoud also asked the victim whether she was masturbating because he believed she was ‘making sex noises’, to which she said ‘no’.

He then rubbed her right thigh a third time.

The teenager then pretended she was asleep to avoid the offender for the rest of the trip home, which was approximately 10 minutes.

The offender, who believed the victim was asleep, told the teen to wake up as they had arrived at her home.

The young woman alerted her friend and her parents and immediately reported the incident to police.

Police arrested Hammoud at his home in Greenacre, in Sydney’s south west, in November.

The young woman mistakenly got into the front passenger seat of the wrong car and was then sexually touched without her consent by the driver during the car ride to her destination

The young woman mistakenly got into the front passenger seat of the wrong car and was then sexually touched without her consent by the driver during the car ride to her destination

He was taken to Bankstown police station, where he spoke with a lawyer and to Intellectual Disability Rights Services.

The 42-year-old participated in a recorded interview and confirmed he was the vehicle’s driver at the time of the offence.

His lawyer Jessica Tohi entered a guilty plea on behalf of her client, who did not appear in court on Wednesday.

Ms Tohi told the court Hammoud suffers from an intellectual disability and requested the charge be dealt with on mental health or cognitive impairment grounds.

Under a Section 14 application, a magistrate reserves the power to dismiss a charge or discharge a defendant to either undergo treatment or into the care of a responsible person.

Ms Tohi told Magistrate Miranda Moody that her client had a forensic psychiatrist consultation in September and requested the case be adjourned to October.

‘If it [the application] is not successful, we will proceed to sentence that day,’ Ms Tohi said.

Hammoud remains on bail.

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