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Fifth Queensland Uber driver arrest on sex allegations

October 4, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A Gold Coast man has become the fifth Uber driver in southeast Queensland to be charged in recent months with sexual assault.

Police say the incidents are not linked.

The man was charged on Saturday with the rape of his female passenger.

The charges come at a sensitive time for Uber, which has been stripped of its licence to operate in London, partly due to British government concerns about its alleged failure to report sexual assaults to police.

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Uber has lodged an appeal against the London decision, but the Guardian has reported that several women in the US, who say they were sexually assaulted in Uber cars, are filing fresh lawsuits against the ride-share company.

In the latest Queensland case, police said the 20-year-old female victim ordered a ride-sharing vehicle at Surfers Paradise about 1am on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

The driver, a 24-year-old man from the Gold Coast suburb of Coombabah, is alleged to have stopped the car during the journey and sexually assaulted his passenger. He faced the Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday on one count of rape and common assault, ABC News reported.

He was remanded in custody to appear again in court on 10 October 2017.

Written by Peter Needham

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