Taxi driver framed for rape now scared to carry females

The married father said he had “tears in my eyes” when he had to take his clothes off in front of a stranger and provide a sample in custody.He added: “I don’t think this female really understands what she has done and how it has affected my life.”The court heard how Hood maintained she had been raped despite being confronted with the vehicle tracker data.She also kept to her story when it was revealed Mr Yousaf was aged 29 at the time – and not in his 50s as she had described – and he had a full beard when she said her attacker had no facial hair.No forensic evidence gathered showed any physical contact between Mr Yousaf and Ms Hood.A jury found her guilty of perverting the course of justice on Wednesday.She will be sentenced on August 1. A taxi driver falsely accused of rape by a passenger has told a court that he is now afraid to pick up female fares, as the  judge in the case warned a woman she faces jail over the allegations.Laura Hood, 27, maintained for more than two-and-a-half years she had been attacked by taxi driver Haroon Yousaf, but last week finally admitted that the incident did not take place.But she continued to deny the allegation against her and said she was innocent because she had not knowingly lied, and instead had a false belief of “something so clear in my head”.On Wednesday, a jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court found her guilty of perverting the course of justice, and Judge Julie Warburton indicated she would be facing time in prison.In a witness statement read to the court, Mr Yousaf said: “It still affects me in my day-to-day life. I don’t know if I will ever come back fully from this. Before this incident I was a strong person. However I’m now negative and worry that things can go wrong.”This is the most disgusting thing that anyone can be accused of.”When I pick up single female passengers I always worry that something could happen again.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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