A taxi driver who sexually assaulted a teenage passenger who fell asleep in the back of his cab has been told he will be jailed.
Zameer Arshad, 26, drove the teenager to a house in Accrington and ordered her to go upstairs where he sexually assaulted her.
Speaking in court the victim said she had been ‘stupidly drunk’ on the night of the attack.
Arshad admitted having sexual contact with the victim but claimed it had been consensual. But he was found guilty of sexual assault by a unanimous jury.
The victim told Burnley Crown Court that she had woken up in the taxi outside an empty house with Arshad and another man. She said that she was then ordered to go upstairs to an empty room with a single bed and asked for sex by Arshad.
When she resisted he sexually assaulted her. She tried to escape but found the front door was locked.
After the attack the teenage girl was dropped off in the street by Arshad.
She then recognised a man who allowed her to sleep in his car overnight. Arshad was remanded in custody for sentencing.
The other man has never been traced by police.
Prosecutor Joanne Rodikis told the court that Arshad picked up the girl on a night in October, 2010. The teenager told the court she had been sick, was stumbling around and described herself as being ‘unbelievably out of it’.
Arshad has now been placed on the sex offenders register and was remanded in custody for sentencing on Friday, February 10.
Judge Beverley Lunt said: "The sentence will be one of imprisonment and he will be placed on the sex offenders register."