Uber driver Muhammad Naveed found guilty of raping a passenger

Mohammad Naveed, an Uber driver, was found guilty of sexual intercourse without consent at his trial at Downing Centre District Court. Photo: Kate GeraghtyA Sydney Uber driver cried and said a woman who accused him of raping her in the back seat of his car had “trapped” him.

But within hours on Wednesday, a jury rejected Muhammad Naveed’s dramatic story, and found him guilty of sexual intercourse without consent.

The 41-year-old stood in the dock, but did not react when the jury delivered its verdict in the Downing Centre District Court.

The Crown’s case was that the woman was heavily intoxicated when she was picked up by Naveed near The World Bar in Kings Cross in the early hours of October 18, 2015.

Prosecutor James Trevallion said Naveed stopped to buy condoms and a bottle of water at a petrol station before encouraging the woman to get into the back seat and raping her.

The trial heard that the woman, who had an estimated blood alcohol concentration of .231 at the time, had only a partial memory of the night and woke up to find Naveed having sex with her.

She allegedly struggled to push him away and tried to tell him to get off her.

The Crown told the jury that the pair did have intercourse, but the woman never gave her consent, and, that she was too drunk to give consent.

When the woman was dropped at the place she was staying, the court heard, she immediately told a friend what had happened and police were called.

Naveed told the court that he was eating Doritos while on a break from Uber driving when the woman approached him and pleaded for him to give her a ride home.

He told the woman she needed to make a booking through the Uber app, but she asked him to show her “some sympathy” because her phone was out of battery and offered to pay the next day.

The woman, he said, did not appear intoxicated and was chatty in the car before she started trying to kiss him.

“I said: ‘Sorry I can’t do that I’ve got a family. Do you have a boyfriend’?”

Naveed told the court they then started kissing but he told her he did not have a condom.

“She said: ‘Don’t worry about protection’,” Naveed said.

“I said: ‘I don’t know you, you don’t know me, how I can trust you’? Then she said: ‘We can get condoms’.”

The court heard that Naveed stopped and bought the condoms and water before pulling over in a quiet street in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Naveed said they both climbed into the back seat of his car, but he could not get an erection.

At one point during his evidence he sobbed repeatedly “she trapped me”.

Naveed will be sentenced at a later date.