Rapist who attacked teen he offered a lift home jailed

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A man was jailed for six years yesterday after being convicted of raping a teenager he offered a lift home.

Mohammed Maqsood picked up the 18-year-old and her friend after spotting them leaving a club in the south side of Glasgow last December.

Maqsood, 36, turned his car around when he saw the drunk woman staggering in the street.

He dropped her friend home and then took his victim to a car park and raped her.

The High Court in Glasgow heard tha Maqsood’s victim was out drinking with a friend in Shawlands when they encountered him.

Prosecutor Sheena Fraser said: “He was seen on CCTV stopping across the road from where the women were and doing a U-turn and picking them up.”

In evidence, the woman said she remembered her friend not being there any more and Maqsood raping her.

The father-of-two said: “The women got in my car and I gave them a lift. I picked them up just after midnight.”

He claimed he knew the other woman and recognised her - although she denied this.

Judge Lady Stacey ordered Maqsood to be monitored in the community for two years after his release from prison because of the risk he poses to the public.

Lady Stacey told him: “You took an 18-year-old woman in your car when she was too drunk to know what she was doing.

“She wrongly thought you were a friend of a friend. You forced yourself on her when she was very drunk. Your actions will have an effect which may be lasting on that young woman.

“You do not accept the verdict of the jury and maintain you have done nothing wrong.

“You performed a U-turn and picked her up. I know that I saw it on CCTV evidence. You created the environment to commit this crime.”

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Maqsood, whose wife is standing by him, has previous convictions, mainly for road traffic matters, but none for sexual offences .

Lady Stacey added: “Your previous convictions show you have a complete disregard for the law.

”The social workers who compiled reports on you saw you pose a risk to the public.”

The court heard that after the attack the woman was told to get out of the car by Maqsood.

She was seen in a distressed state and was missing her top, bra and her shoes.