Rapist ‘taxi driver’gets eight years

A 25-YEAR-OLD woman was raped after she left a nightclub on Christmas Eve by a man working as an unlicensed cabbie.

Nathan Gifford, 44, was yesterday jailed for eight years for the 2011 rape in Gillingham, Kent, at Maidstone Crown Court.

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The woman had been out with a friend but they had become separated and Gifford helped her into a cab he had borrowed from a friend. He had spent the evening picking up hires. After raping the woman, he abandoned her in an alley. He was arrested after being identified using CCTV and plate recognition technology.