His name is Bruce. Naw, I’m kidding: ‘Taxi sexual assault victim could have avoided attack, says driver’s lawyer’

A MELBOURNE court has heard a young woman could have avoided being sexually assaulted by her taxi driver if she had taken her mother’s advice to sit in the back of the cab like other women.

“She sat in the front seat … she was advised by her mum not to do that,” barrister Ben Mallick, acting for driver Omar Hassan, told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.

“She can avoid this happening by doing what other women do … by sitting in the back seat.” The point was rejected by Magistrate Andrew Capell and Mr Mallick agreed not to press it.

However, Hassan was yesterday spared an immediate term of imprisonment for three counts of indecent assault after Mr Capell heard he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.