A man has been convicted of raping a woman after she mistook his car for a taxi after a night out in Leicester. The victim had become separated from her friends and was trying to get home when the defendant, who had been parked in the area, picked her up. Robert Halliday, 41, drove the victim to a secluded area and raped her twice.

The victim raised the alarm after getting out of the car at a fast food restaurant and flagging down a customer. The police were called and were able to identify the suspect using the victim’s detailed account and the CCTV and forensic evidence.

Halliday denied rape and claimed that the sex was consensual. The Crown was given leave to adduce information relating to a previous stranger rape attack allegedly committed by Halliday where a woman was raped in Nottingham after mistaking a car for a taxi. That case wasn’t taken to trial as the victim was not able to give evidence.

Halliday was convicted of two counts of rape following a nine day trial at Leicester Crown Court and will be sentenced on Friday 8 June. Gordon Aspden was instructed by the CPS.

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