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TAXI DRIVER JAILED AFTER RAPE OF GIRL.

Byline: GEOFFREY LAKEMAN

A TAXI driver who raped a 15-year- old girl in his cab was jailed for 10 years yesterday.

Former bouncer Nigel Phillips, nicknamed "Psycho", attacked the girl after collecting her from a nightclub in November, 2001.

Two years later he grabbed the breasts of a 21-year-old woman, Swansea crown court heard.

The father-of-three was given nine years for rape and one for indecent assault.

He denied the offences but prosecutor Geraint Walters described him as "a sexual predator".

The schoolgirl, who used Sketty Cabs in Swansea for nights out in nearby Mumbles, told the court: "I closed my eyes and pretended it wasn't happening."

Police later revealed two other women had now complained that Phillips, 36, from Swansea, assaulted them in his cab. He could face new charges.

During the trial, it emerged he had previously been cautioned for blackmailing an ex-girlfriend.

After the case local taxi association leaders called for tighter council controls on the issuing of cab licences.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2005
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