A NHS worker was hospitalised after thinking a PHV driver was going to kill her over a fiver. According to the Liverpool Echo, Max- ine Rodgers was dragged down the street holding onto the inside of the car door. CCTV footage caught by a neigh- bour showed Maxine being thrown into the middle of the road after letting go of the vehicle shortly after midnight on Sunday 21 March. The incident kicked off after the 49- year-old had just returned to her home from her sister’s house, when she realised she’d left her phone in the car. Maxine claims she called the Delta driv- er within minutes of the vehicle leaving and the driver said she would return the phone for a £10. When the driver returned Maxine realised she only had £5 in her purse which she handed over, but the driver was unimpressed. Maxine told the Liverpool Echo “I gave her the £5 and she said: ‘I said £10

was dragged down the road, covering the distance of two houses, before she let go.

you’re not getting your phone. “I said: ‘just give me my phone, I’ve just given you some money.’” Maxine said it was at this point that the driver asked her to close the car door and said she would look in the boot for her phone. “I said: ‘do you think i’m soft? You’re going to drive off.” She looked right at me and said: ‘right b****’ and put her foot on the accelerator.” Maxine, who had her hand on the inside of the car door at the time, said she

Maxine said: “I just had to let go. I thought she’s going to kill me. If I had been under that wheel I would have been dead.” Maxine suffered from concussion and cuts and bruises on her arms and legs. She went to A&E to be checked over and was given two weeks off work but said “it could have been a lot worse.” She said: “I’m just in shock. I just can’t get to grips with what’s happened. I was chatting away to her nicely on the journey home, I can’t believe she’s done that.” Merseyside Police said CCTV and wit- ness enquiries into the incident are ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident should contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.


Taxi driver Najibullah Hakani has been jailed after groping a passenger’s breast under her clothing. The Stoke Sentinel reports that the 27- year-old was taking the young mum and her son to a friend’s house when he pulled off the A500 and told her to get in the front seat. The frightened woman did as she was told and the defendant put his hand inside her top and cupped her breast. He told her not to tell anyone about the assault. But she reported the incident to the police and the defendant’s DNA was found on the victim’s clothing. Now Hakani, from Stoke, has been jailed for two years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after being convicted of sexual assault. In a victim statement, the woman said:

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“I felt dirty. I felt it was my fault. I blamed myself. I was left feeling depressed. I tried to take my own life by taking an overdose. I am currently undergoing therapy. My mental health now feels stable. “I now have justice and will continue to fight every day to live a happy, positive and peaceful life.” The defendant maintains his innocence. He can no longer work as a taxi driver. Anis Ali, mitigating, said: “He has lost everything by virtue of his conviction. He will carry with him the stigma that this offence carries. He is embarrassed and feels ashamed. He has aspirations to go to university. “Several people are reliant on the jobs he provides. The consequences of an immediate custodial sentence are dire.”

But Recorder Julian Taylor jailed Hakani and placed him on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years. Recorder Taylor said: “The defendant started a conversation which was sexu- alised and asked her questions about her sex life and whether she used sexu- al toys. She was disgusted, particularly with her young child in the car. “He stopped the car and asked her to get in the front seat. She felt she had no alternative. She could not leave the car because of her son. The main aggravat- ing feature is the presence of the child when the sexualised comments were made and the sexual assault took place. “The defendant is a risk to females because of his behaviour. The appropri- ate punishment can only be achieved by an immediate custodial sentence.”


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