Fake taxi rapist jailed for six years

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A Pollokshaws man has been jailed for six years for raping an 18-year-old who mistook him for a private hire taxi driver.

The victim had been on a night out in Shawlands on December 5 last year when she got into Mohammed Maqsood’s car.

The 36-year-old raped her near Eastwood Crescent, Thornliebank.

Maqsood was arrested nine days later after a hunt led by specialist officers from Police Scotland’s Public Protection Unit and was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow last month.

Detective Inspector Graeme McLachlan said: “We welcome the conviction of Mohammed Maqsood and acknowledge the sentence handed out.

“Maqsood targeted this young woman who had simply been enjoying a night out with her friends.

“Despite her appalling ordeal, she had the courage to speak out about what happened to her and I would like to thank her for her bravery in reporting this to police and having the courage to provide her evidence in court.”