A Uber driver has been charged over the alleged indecent assault of a woman in Sydney’s south-west on the weekend.
The 52-year-old male driver, from Ambarvale, was arrested on Sunday afternoon in Campbelltown and has been charged with two counts of assault with act of indecency.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Picton Local Court on September 25.
Police will allege that the man collected a 23-year-old woman from a home at Ambarvale about 5.15am on Sunday in his Hyundai I20. She’d booked the Uber to take her to a home in Camden.
Police will allege that during the trip the woman was indecently assaulted by the driver and when she tried to leave the vehicle, he allegedly grabbed her arm and attempted to stop her.
She managed to flee and run to a nearby home where police were alerted.
In a statement Uber Australian said: “This is deeply upsetting and has no place anywhere. The driver’s access to the app has been removed and we are working closely with police to support their investigation.”
The latest assault comes just a fortnight after a 37-year-old Uber driver was charged with sexual intercourse without consent for an alleged assault on a 17-year-old girl in his car in Bondi on August 26.
That man was given conditional bail – he must not work as a ride-share driver and Uber removed him from its platform – to appear in Liverpool Local Court on October 25.
Last year, a Sydney Uber driver was convicted of the rape of a woman he picked up outside a Kings Cross nightclub in 2015.
Muhammad Naveed, 41, was jailed for a minimum six years and four months for the assault in his car of the woman who was intoxicated and asleep when she woke to find the driver on top of her. A jury found the woman did not consent and her drunken state left her in no condition to give consent.
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