UPDATE 3:30 PM | A GOLD Coast Uber driver charged with raping a female passenger in Surfers Paradise will spend the next 10 nights behind bars ahead of his next court appearance.
The 24-year-old man from Coombabah is accused of attacking the 20-year-old woman in his car during the early hours of Saturday, September 23.
Police said the man picked up the 20-year-old woman from Surfers Paradise around 1am.
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“The driver allegedly stopped his car at one point during the journey to sexually assault the woman,” police said.
The man, who has only been driving for the ride-sharing service for two months, is alleged to have locked the doors of his car and leaned over to recline the woman’s seat before forcing himself onto her body.
It’s alleged he then proceeded to kiss the young woman before raping her.
Following investigations, the driver was arrested and charged with one count each of rape and common assault.
The 24-year-old appeared briefly in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning where he was remanded in custody to reappear on October 10.
According to News Corp, the man’s lawyer told the court his client has no criminal history and denies the allegations.
The Gold Coast Uber driver isn’t the first to be charged with raping a passenger in Queensland.
A 37-year-old man was arrested in Brisbane in July and charged with raping a 16-year-old girl in the city’s south.
That arrest came a week after a 47-year-old driver was charged with raping one of his passengers three times.
Police feared the 47-year-old may have abused other women he picked up in Brisbane’s CBD in the last two years and so issued a public appeal, urging other victims to come forward.
At the time, Acting Detective Superintendent Mick O’Dowd said Uber had been fully co-operative with police during the investigation and that police had no concerns about the safety of Uber or other ride-sharing services.
Det Supt O’Dowd said improving safety measures or forcing Uber vehicles to have cameras installed was a matter for the company and not police.