Forest Gate bus driver carried out sex attack on woman while working on route 25 from Ilford
PUBLISHED: 17:05 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:34 18 July 2017
A perverted bus driver from Forest Gate who used his position of trust to sexually assault a woman while he was working has been jailed.
Mohammed Tamim Uddin, of Shrewsbury Road, also exposed himself and carried out a solo sex act in front of his French victim after trapping her in the route 25 bus he had driven from Ilford to Oxford Circus.
Southwark Crown Court heard the 25-year-old had finished his route and was parked in a side street in the West End when he spotted his victim who was asking for directions.
He persuaded her to come on the bus so he could help her before he subjected her to a four-minute ordeal.
The screaming woman managed to flee when he used the emergency door release after the attack on April 30.
Uddin continued with his shift and was arrested and charged on May 10 after his victim reported his actions to the police.
Compelling CCTV evidence resulted in him being sacked by his bus company Tower Transit before his trial.
Today he was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to one count of sexual assault on a female, one count of false imprisonment and one count of indecent exposure.
His Honour Judge Heir described Uddin’s actions as “chilling and disgusting” and constituted a “huge breach of trust,” telling Uddin “you exploited your responsible position” and that he had “tricked” the victim.
Siwan Hayward, TfL’s head of transport policing, said an investigation has been launched to determine how Uddin was able to carry out the attack.
She said: “Uddin’s behaviour was sickening and I condemn his actions. Our passengers have the right to expect the highest standards of behaviour and customer care from transport staff across the capital. Uddin used his position of trust to prey on his victim.
“I commend the woman for bravely coming forward to report this despicable crime to police, so it could be fully investigated and Uddin jailed for his actions.
“We will be undertaking a comprehensive review to determine how this happened and learn lessons so that it does not happen again.”
Uddin will also be subjected to notifications requirements under the Sexual Offences Act for 10 years.