Rape victim, 18, thought attacker was a taxi driver

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A Pollokshaws man has been found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of raping an 18-year-old woman in Thornliebank almost a year ago.

Mohammed Maqsood’s victim had been on a night out in Shawlands on December 5 when she mistakenly thought his vehicle was a private hire taxi.

He carried out his callous attack near Eastwood Crescent, Thornliebank, and was snared on December 14 after a hunt by specialist officers from Greater Glasgow Division’s public protection unit.

Following the conviction, Detective Inspector Graeme McLachlan said: “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.

“We are resolutely committed to supporting victims of sexual crimes and investigating those responsible by bringing them to justice.

“All reports of sexual crime are treated with the utmost seriousness and it’s never too late to come forward.

“I would also like to thank the team of officers who worked on this investigation for their dedication and commitment.”