Taxi driver sexually assaulted female passenger, West Van police allege

A cab driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a female passenger in West Vancouver.

According to West Vancouver police, the victim was sitting in a taxi and waiting for a friend on the 100-block of Whonoak Road in the early morning of Jan. 2 when the assault allegedly happened.

article continues below

The victim she was grabbed “in the genital area by the suspect, before the suspect took the victim’s hand and forcibly placed it in contact with the suspect’s genital area, which had been exposed through an open zipper,” an email from the West Vancouver police stated. “The victim and friend reported to police after safely returning home.”

After investigating, police arrested Deepak Sharma, a 60-year-old Abbotsford man, on Jan. 17. Sharma made a first appearance in North Vancouver provincial court on Wednesday where the Crown swore one charge of sexual assault.

He remains free on bail, with conditions not to contact the passenger.

Sharma had not yet entered a plea in court.

He has had his taxi permit revoked already, according to police.

Sharma is due back in court later this month.

Read Related Topics

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The North Shore News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
Community Events Calendar