Man jailed over Godstone 'taxi' woman sex attack

Paul Michael Causer Paul Michael Causer attacked his victim after pretending to have problems with his car

A man who raped a woman in Godstone after offering her a lift home if she paid for the petrol has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Paul Causer, 39, of Barfleur Lane, Deptford, picked up the woman in Shoreditch in east London on 3 August 2013 and drove her to Surrey.

He stopped in Bone Mill Lane and pretended to have car problems before attacking his 31-year-old victim.

Causer was found guilty of the attack at the Old Bailey last month.

The 39-year-old left the woman by the road and drove off after the attack.

He was also sentenced to a total of 24 months in prison for three counts of attempted theft, to be run concurrently with the 11-year jail sentence.

Police said he had tried to withdraw money from the woman's bank card during the journey.

'Targeted and abused'

The woman has warned others against using unlicensed taxis.

"The horror of that night will affect me for the rest of my life", she said.

Surrey Police said Causer had acted as an unlicensed taxi driver by offering the woman a lift in exchange for money.

Det Sgt Adele Robertson said he had "targeted and abused a vulnerable woman" who had been looking for transport home.

"I hope today's sentence will go some way to giving the victim closure and allow her to move on with her life", she said.

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