AN Uber driver charged with raping a woman in Perth has been sacked from the ride-sharing company.
Ahsan Sayeed Sarwari, 31, is accused of having sex with and assaulting a woman in her 20s during what was supposed to be a 19 minute drive from South Guildford to Victoria Park on January 8.
Mr Sarwari appeared in Perth Magistrate’s Court yesterday where he denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to sexual penetration without consent and two counts of indecent assault.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
An Uber spokeswoman told The West Australian the allegations were “deeply upsetting” and confirmed the driver’s access to the app had been removed.
An “F extension” on the man’s licence which enabled him to drive for hire or reward has also been suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Mr Sarwari is expected to reappear in court in August for a committal mention hearing.
Police have notified the Department of Transport of the arrest.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831