Kamis, 07 Agustus 2014

WA taxi driver jailed for sex attacks (AAP)

A Perth taxi driver who sexually and indecently assaulted five wheelchair-bound women in his vehicle has been jailed for 10 years.

Peter Edward Kasatchkow, 58, was sentenced in the Perth District Court on Friday over 33 offences including indecently dealing with an incapable person and sexual penetration without consent.

The incidents happened on separate occasions when the women, aged between 18 and 52, were passengers in his taxi between January and February this year.

Some of the victims had cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, with some unable to communicate and requiring constant care.

In one incident, Kasatchkow kissed a 29-year-old victim's breasts and mouth, and sexually penetrated her despite the woman repeatedly telling him to stop.

He then told her they should do it again soon.

The court heard she had been a virgin before the attack.

She immediately complained about the assault but Kasatchkow initially claimed they had consensual sex and that she had initiated it.

Sentencing judge Kevin Sleight said the women were "sexually exploited" by Kasatchkow and could not physically resist.

He noted one victim who said she felt frightened all the time and wished her life would return to normal.

Judge Sleight said it was "an appalling breach of trust on the most vulnerable" with long term consequences for the victims.

"You have taken away their innocence," he said.

Judge Sleight said he did not believe Kasatchkow was remorseful.

Kasatchkow must serve eight years behind bars before being eligible for parole.


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