A Halifax taxi driver found with an intoxicated, unconscious, mostly naked woman in his cab and her DNA on his mouth has been acquitted of sexual assault by a judge who said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the woman’s “lack of consent.” […] She also couldn’t provide information on whether she “agreed to be naked in the taxi, or initiated any sexual activity,” Lenehan said.}
It appears that a Halifax cabbie, also named Bassam Aladin Al-Rawi, has been involved in [other incidents of questionable consent sexual activity] with passengers.
According to the warrant, Const. Monia Thibault observed what appeared to be an unconscious woman in the back seat who was naked from the waist down, her pink tank top pushed up and her personal items strewn about the vehicle.
“She also observed the male driver turned facing the back and appeared to be fumbling with something and then pulling material from his lap attempting to hide it between him and the centre console,” the warrant alleges. […] Al-Rawi has no prior criminal record. However, in the court documents, police allege that last Nov. 1, another female reported that a male taxi driver, later identified as Al-Rawi, did not stop at her house, turned the meter off and kept driving around the block while calling her “baby”.
That woman, the warrant alleges, had to redirect him back to her house, and when she tried to get out of the cab he grabbed her hand and asked her to stay.
(This case is doubly interesting, because as [this CBC article makes clear,] according to Canadian law, a woman must be capable of continuous and ongoing conscious consent to sexual activity, and this applies to a spouse, so to a strange cab driver one might assume even more so.