Sex assault cab driver was a killer

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A Leyland taxi driver found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage boy on his way home can today be revealed as a convicted killer.

Zulfikar Nawaz, 56, of Balshaw Road, was convicted of sexual assault on a male after a 10-day trial at Preston Crown Court.

He subjected his 18-year-old victim to a terrifying ordeal, after he drove him home from a party in Chorley.

After the case, it was revealed in court that Nawaz had a previous conviction for manslaughter dating back to 1977, although precise details were not disclosed.

Because that conviction was regarded as ‘spent’, it meant he was able to get a hackney carriage licence from Chorley Council.

In December 2010, he picked up his victim and a friend up from a taxi rank outside the Henry Tate pub.

At just after midnight, Nawaz, who is married with four children, drove the pair to an address near Chorley, where he dropped the victim’s friend off.

He then carried on alone with the victim.

As he approached the house, his passenger told him where to stop.

However, he carried on for another 200 yards, blaming fog for not being able to see his destination.

- For the full story, see this week’s Guardian.