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London bus driver jailed for passenger rape

Kalash Vijay
Image caption Kalash Vijay, 42, from Hayes, took a bus passenger home and raped her

A bus driver has been jailed for eight years for raping a female passenger who had taken his night bus in west London.

Kalash Vijay, 42, from Evergreen Way, Hayes, was found guilty last month of two counts of rape.

The female victim, in her 20s, boarded the N207 night bus in Acton last February, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

After dropping the woman off in the street, Vijay later returned in his car to get her and took her back to his house where he raped her.

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order has been made, banning him from driving any public service vehicle.

Vijay was also placed on the sex offenders register for life.

'Incredible strength'

The victim, who had been drinking, sat on the top deck and may have fallen asleep, police said.

CCTV showed the driver then went upstairs to the woman at 0316 GMT and bring her downstairs.

He then turned off the lights and showed the bus as "out of service", the jury heard.

Later, he stopped the bus and dropped the woman off on the street.

He then parked at the nearby bus station and returned in his car to pick up his victim, who was still where she had been left.

After taking the woman back to his house and raping her, he took her back to the bus station the following morning, the court heard.

The victim called police to say she had been raped.

"Vijay took advantage of a young woman in a vulnerable condition," Metropolitan Police Det Con Anna Hukowski said.

"She has shown incredible strength of character in reporting this incident and we have used our expertise to ensure that Vijay was identified and brought to justice."

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