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Rapist Newbury taxi driver's jail term not extended

Judge rules Ruhen Miah as not 'dangerous' enough for extended sentence behind bars

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Newbury taxi driver's jail term not extended

A NEWBURY taxi driver who attacked vulnerable female passengers does not need a tougher sentence to protect the public, top judges have ruled.

Ruhen Miah, of Charter Road, was jailed for 14 years at Reading Crown Court in September.

The 43-year-old admitted rape, attempted rape, assault by penetration and two counts of sexual assault after he became depressed following the closure of his Indian restaurant on Cheap street in Newbury.

Before sending him down, Judge Angela Morris reduced Miah's jail term by a third - from 21 years - to reflect his early guilty pleas.

Today at London’s Appeal Court, solicitor Robert Buckland argued Miah was 'dangerous' and deserved a much tougher sentence.

But three senior judges who presided over the appeal, led by Lady Justice Rafferty, refused to increase Miah's term after rejecting claims it was unduly lenient.

Miah had targeted young, vulnerable women – three of whom were teenagers – who got into his taxi after a night out in Newbury.

All were heavily intoxicated, with one telling police she was “obliterated” and another “the drunkest I had ever been”.

He raped his fourth victim on the night of February 24 after picking her up from Newbury and driving her to a flat in the area.

The victim, who was heavily intoxicated, had no memory of leaving the pub.

Judge Morris, who jailed Miah, said his victims were particularly vulnerable as they had been drinking and 'they relied on him to take them home'.

The Crown Court judge added it was “noteworthy the offences escalated in seriousness”.

But she stopped short of ruling Miah a dangerous offender.

Mr Buckland argued that the 14-year jail term was “inadequate to protect the public” and claimed it was wrong not to have concluded that Miah was dangerous.

Miah, Mr Buckland argued, should either have been given a life sentence, or an extended term with extra time to serve on licence after his release.

Michael Wolkind, defending Miah, said the judge had been right not to condemn him as dangerous.

Mr Wolkind also claimed the 14-year jail term was too tough and should be reduced, commenting that Miah was of previous good character and a “person of reputation” who was remorseful for his actions.

Reading Crown Court had heard that Miah's “happy and stable” marriage had deteriorated after his wife pressurised him to find new premises for his business, claiming they needed the income to send their son to a private school.  

Miah, who once saw himself as “pillar of the community” in Newbury, subsequently became depressed, developed symptoms of anxiety, sexual tension with his wife and had difficulties eating and sleeping.

A psychological assessment of Miah diagnosed an acute stress-related adjustment disorder.

Mr Wolkind argued that Miah had not used or threatened to use weapons, or made threats to kill, and it was his mental health problems which 'led to his disgraceful crimes'.

Lady Justice Rafferty said the Crown Court judge had considered 'all of the evidence' including reports from the probation officer and two psychiatrists.

Justice Rafferty said: "We are not persuaded the judge was properly driven to conclude, or bound to make, a finding of statutory dangerousness."

Miah's sentence was neither unduly lenient, nor manifestly excessive, and would remain the same, she concluded.

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  • hgv1driver

    hgv1driver

    07/12/2018 - 19:07

    Should be LIFE

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  • bruin the bear

    07/12/2018 - 10:10

    Feedback I have had from the community to which the driver belonged was that basically white women ask for it and they don't feel he really did anything wrong. YEP! We need to be vigilant and make sure we never have a Telford/ Rotherham here. He will be out in 4 years or less, the girls he attacked have to live with it forever.

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  • Louise

    Louise

    07/12/2018 - 07:07

    "Not dangerous"; absolutely incorrect assumption. These beaks lead cloistered lives with Police providing them with protection levels not available to Joe Public, and certainly not to these vulnerable victims. Obviously felt they mustn't upset the ever pervading Mooslim establishment who's religion encourages this. Ladies, never get in a taxi/ hire car that turns up with a driver with shall we say a certain appearance.

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    • NoisyNortherner

      07/12/2018 - 08:08

      Yeah, cos John Worboys clearly fit that description. Pillock.

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      • dazzer

        07/12/2018 - 14:02

        Read the Koran and Sunna...you Pillock - I bet you don't even know what the Sunna is you Pillock - Look at my posts you Pillock for some evidence...You Pillock

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      • Louise

        Louise

        07/12/2018 - 12:12

        You're obviously blind to the multiple attacks carried out countrywide by Muslims of Pakistan origin against young white (non Mooslim) girls; one assumes that this behaviour is the norm in the stinkhole they emanate from. No problem from the local Iman to this sort of behaviour as all white girls 'are asking for it'. Worboys very much the exception. The following link to an appalling nearby attack opposite BP Wantage by someone we wrongly allowed to enter our country, with all the medieval belief sets they have. Besides the sexual assault, as the victim( young white female, what else would you expect) had the temerity to resist, he also savagely beat her. https://www.heraldseries.co.uk/news/17253354.would-be-rapist-jailed-for-brutal-attack-continues-to-claim-hes-innocent/

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  • dazzer

    07/12/2018 - 06:06

    Read "Easy meat" by Peter McLoughlin. There are mounds of evidence that social workers, police officers, Muslim organisations, journalists and even some Members of Parliament must know about Islamic rape happening in this country. Miah had targeted young, vulnerable women – three of whom were teenagers (Non Muslim) - Coincidence? Funny how Muslim women weren't raped isn't? Apparently had acute stress-related adjustment disorder, who once saw himself as “pillar of the community” in Newbury, who was depressed, developed symptoms of anxiety, sexual tension with his wife and had difficulties eating and sleeping. Do you believe he had acute stress-related adjustment disorder? Do you believe what he says? When a child or woman is taken captive, they become slaves by fact of capture, The classic manual of Islamic sacred law, Umdat al salik , o9.13) And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess Right hand possession is also mentioned in Qur'an:

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    • dazzer

      07/12/2018 - 07:07

      33/50, 33/52, 70/30, 4/3, 16/71, 30/28, 33/55.

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      • dazzer

        07/12/2018 - 07:07

        As detailed below you will see a reference to Muhammad's slaves. Narrated `Aisha: " The Prophet (ﷺ) used to take the Pledge of allegiance from the women by words only after reciting this Holy Verse:--(60.12) "..that they will not associate anything in worship with Allah." (60.12) And the hand of Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) did not touch any woman's hand except the hand of that woman his right hand possessed. (i.e. his captives or his lady slaves)." (Sahih Bukhari 7214)

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