London, Oct 28 :
An Indian-origin taxi driver has been jailed in Britain for a sex attack on a young woman passenger while she was drinking.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that Dhanraj Singh, 24, and a father of two, is a Bhangra dancer and singer. He was due to fly to Mumbai to film a music video after topping the Asian music charts, the Nottingham Post reported Tuesday.
Dhanraj Singh, of Greythorn Drive, West Bridgford, a town in Nottinghamshire, was taking the young woman home when he kissed and touched her. He was told that he breached his passenger’s trust because she was in his care and had been drinking.
He was sentenced to nine-month imprisonment Monday after being found guilty earlier this month of sexual assault.
Judge Gregory Dickinson said: “You are a talented, award-winning musician. You have put all of that in jeopardy. You were responsible for her safety and well-being. You took advantage of a lone female passenger who had been drinking.”
The judge said the effect on the victim had been “very serious”.
The court was told that the woman had made a statement saying she was “still raw” and was having ongoing counselling. She lost weight as a result of the April 1 attack, which had also affected her studies and left her feeling “vulnerable”.
For Singh, Mark Achurch told the court: “He is a family man with two children who had been working anti-social hours to support his family.
“It was a short-lived incident. He lost his taxi driver’s licence immediately and has been out of work and on benefits since.”