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PAY ME WITH SEX TAXI DRIVER TELLS GIRL PASSENGERS; Exposed: The sex beast cabbie who terrorised clubbers.

Byline: JIM DAVIS EXCLUSIVE

THIS is the taxi driver who struck terror into young women passengers by demanding they pay their fares with sex.

Alexander Downie, 56, sexually assaulted two of his victims after picking them up from nightclubs.

Last night, 6ft 2in Downie, of Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, was behind bars after the women bravely went to police after their ordeals.

The perverted cabbie struck after picking up young women on their own.

One 20-year-old victim was tricked into staying in the cab, then driven to a deserted industrial estate where Downie tried to kiss her and grope her breasts.

He then tried to force the terrified girl to perform a sex act and told her that if she did, she wouldn't have to pay her fare.

The woman, known as Miss B, was attacked after getting into Downie's cab outside the Martell nightclub in Bainsford, Falkirk, a year ago.

She said: "He was telling me about someone who couldn't pay a taxi fare and what she would do for him."

As the cab drew up outside her home in Falkirk, Miss B handed over a pounds 10 note to pay the pounds 2 fare. Downie deliberately dropped her change and as she bent down to pick it up, he drove off with her still in the back seat.

He headed for a dark and deserted industrial estate at nearby Middlefield, where he got out and joined the girl in the back.

Miss B said: "He started touching me and told me that I would get my taxi fare back as well.

"He said he would make sure I had a good time and that I wouldn't get pregnant.

"He tried to kiss me, but I moved my head away, then he touched my breasts.

"He pulled my head down to his groin area. I pushed him off. I managed to get out the taxi and run away. I just kept on running. I was hysterical."

She said the ordeal had left her frightened to go out on her own.

Miss B added: "Even now I won't go into a taxi unless I know I can contact someone or they can contact me."

She was one of three women who gave evidence against Downie at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

An 18-year-old student, Miss A, said Downie made indecent remarks to her after picking her up from Storm nightclub in Falkirk last September.

And Miss C, 20, said he used the same dirty talk to her before he assaulted her by repeatedly rubbing her leg with his hand.

Downie denied sexually assaulting Miss B and Miss C and making indecent remarks to all three girls, but did not give evidence in court.

After a three-day trial, a jury convicted him of the sex attacks, although he was cleared of making indecent remarks to Miss A and Miss B.

Sheriff Andrew Murphy ordered that Downie should be held in custody for reports and warned him he faced a jail sentence.

The cabbie was also put on the Sex Offenders' Register.

Downie will not be allowed back in his taxi, Falkirk Council said yesterday.

A spokeswoman said: "When the police informed us about these charges, his licence was suspended and his operator's plate recalled.

"We have strict checks when vetting taxi drivers."
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