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Cab driver who sexually assaulted his passengers jailed for 10 years
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A London black cab driver who sexually assaulted his passengers has today, Monday, 30 March, has been jailed for 10 years and will serve another five years on licence.
David Perry, 52 (21.11.1962) of Gayton House, Bow , E3, pleaded guilty on 2 February, to one count of attempted rape, one count assault by penetration and one count sexual assault against one victim and one count of sexual assault on a second victim.
An investigation was launched by detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command after the offences took place on 27 January 2013 in Calabria Road, N5 and on 4 May 201 4 near Glebelands Avenue, E18.
Both offences took place in the early hours of the morning and the victims were both women in there 20s who had been out socialising before getting into Perry's taxi and falling asleep, only to wake up and find him assaulting them.
On 9 July 2014, DNA evidence from both offences was linked to the same offender but did not match any existing profiles on the DNA database.
As the investigation continued detectives carried out extensive enquiries around the suspect vehicle and in August 2014, a black London taxi was identified as a vehicle of interest.
This vehicle was registered to a David Perry, a taxi driver with no previous convictions. Perry was arrested at his home address on 14 August 2014. His DNA was matched to both offences and he was charged on 15 August 2014.
Detective Chief Inspector Samantha Price, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "Perry’s sentence reflects his crimes and I am pleased that he will now serve a lengthy prison sentence.
“As the driver of an iconic black taxi, was in a position of trust. Sadly, he breached that trust by targeting women who he perceived to be vulnerable.
"Thankfully, those women came forward and reported him to the police. Today, I must praise them both for their strength and determination to see him brought to justice.
"Perry was a taxi driver for some 25-years and I must consider the possibility he may have committed other offences that have not been reported to the police.
"As part of this investigation we have made detailed enquiries into his past and eliminated unsolved cases from this enquiry. I would now appeal directly to anyone, who as a result of this case, thinks they may have been raped or assaulted by Perry.
"I would like to reassure anyone worried about coming forward that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and specially trained officers will be available to listen to them and support them through each step."
Police are asking anyone who thinks they may have been raped or assaulted by David Perry to call them on 020 8217 6446.