A Bangladeshi asylum-seeker who sexually assaulted a young club-goer in Central London has been jailed for six months.
Rickshaw driver Mohammed Hossain, 35, reportedly spotted his victim in the early hours of one morning in March. She had been sobbing on the pavement after an argument with a friend.
Hossain is said to have offered the victim a free ride on the condition that she chatted with him for a while.
He then climbed into the back seat to assault her, a court in south London heard.
Two police officers spotted the distressed victim stumbling out of the rickshaw near the British Museum and gave chase as Hossain took off.
He claimed he had assaulted his passenger accidentally when he lost his balance as he looked for cigarettes on the back seat.
But a jury convicted him of sexual assault and the judge jailed him for six months.
The judge refused a prosecution application to ban him from carrying unaccompanied female passengers in any type of vehicle after a probation report deemed the risk of his reoffending was low.
Hossain, from Plaistow East London, will remain on the sex offenders’ register for a minimum of seven years.
He is currently appealing a failed application for asylum.