Rapist taxi driver asks 23-year-old passenger if she ‘liked’ when he sexually assaulted her in his taxi

Rapist taxi driver and father of two, 48, asks 23-year-old passenger if she ‘likes it’ while he sexually assaulted her in his taxi

  • Shibu Paul picked up a 23-year-old female passenger from south-east Melbourne
  • Paul touched passenger’s chest, digitally raped her and asked if she ‘liked it’
  • The father of two children charged with rape and four charges of sexual assault

A Victorian taxi driver who covered up his camera before raping a female passenger and asked if she “liked it” has been sentenced to at least five years and three months.

Shibu Paul, 48, picked up the 23-year-old woman early in June 2018 in southeastern Melbourne.

She had been drinking with friends on a 21st and then a football/netball club function before an off-duty Australian Federal Police officer called a taxi for her.

The 23-year-old woman was drinking with friends in Melbourne on a 21st when she was raped by taxi driver Shibu Paul (stock image)

Paul reached back and touched the woman’s chest as she slumped in the back seat, then covered the taxi’s camera.

He stopped and touched her chest again before telling her to sit in the front seat and put her address into his GPS.

The driver digitally raped her, asking her if she “liked it.”

Paul then repeatedly asked if she was happy before taking the 23-year-old to her parents’ house.

He asked for a kiss on arrival, but she ran inside.

Paul faced a Victorian County Court on Wednesday, where he was sentenced to a total of seven years and six months in prison for rape and four counts of assault.

The father of two must serve a minimum of five years and three months in prison before being eligible for parole.

Judge Clare Quin said members of the public, especially women, “have a right to feel safe in a taxi after a night out.”

“She was scared from the moment you first reached for her,” Judge Quin told Paul.

“You were aware of her vulnerable condition and took advantage of your own sexual pleasure.”

In a statement to the court, the woman said all her friends were “moving forward with their exciting lives.”

“I feel like my life got stuck there that night — I really miss the spark I had for life,” she said.

Paul, who will be placed on the serious sex offenders list, has already served 75 days in pre-trial detention.

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