One lesson here? Drive your own car or hitch a ride with a friend. Seems sharia has a monopoly on the taxi business. Another lesson? Don’t expect a sharia advocate to provide any dutiful conveyance of safety or respect to a woman.
Taxi driver who sexually assaulted female passenger gets house arrest
OTTAWA — An Ottawa taxi driver found guilty of sexually assaulting a female passenger has been sentenced to two months of house arrest.
Hassan Jabar Majli, 36, stood with his arms behind his back as Ontario Superior Court Justice Denis Power sentenced him for the June 23, 2007 sexual assault in the lobby of a west-end apartment building.
Power said Majli “owed (the victim) a duty to convey her safely home at night.”
“Mr. Majli’s conduct is a serious breach of trust owed to the public at large and the complainant in particular,” said Power. “Citizens must feel safe hailing cabs, especially at night.”
Power, who said he had “considerable difficulty” arriving at a conditional sentence, said a term of incarceration in jail was not out of the question, but he took into account that the sexual assault Majli was convicted of was “not the most serious” and that Majli’s myriad of health problems would be better treated in the community.
Majli, who has since lost his taxi licence, was found guilty of sexual assault in May after court heard testimony from the victim, a teacher, about how the driver followed her into her apartment building and kissed her on the mouth as she tried to get on an elevator.
The victim, who can’t be identified because of a publication ban, testified the driver then put his hand up her skirt and digitally penetrated her as she tried to flee through a stairway door.
The woman admitted she had consumed 10 to 12 pints of beer before getting in the taxi outside the Heart and Crown in downtown Ottawa following a night of celebrating the last day of school.
In his decision, Power found there was sufficient evidence that Majli grabbed and kissed the woman, but concluded the Crown hadn’t proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he digitally penetrated her.
At trial, Majli testified that he believed the woman had asked for a kiss. According to Majli, the woman repeatedly used words in Arabic that she had learned from a friend that meant “I want a kiss” and “I love you.” Majli said he only offered her a “friendly” kiss when he became worried she would complain to his boss that he didn’t “please her.”
However, the judge found the woman, who testified she only used the Arabic phrases in a conversational manner, in no way consented to Majli’s advances and found Majli guilty of sexual assault.
Crown prosecutors had been asking Power to sentence Majli to 30 to 60 days in jail. Majli’s lawyer had been asking for a suspended sentence with credit for four days spent in pre-trial custody.