Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 13°C

Five-day forecast

A minicab driver, who had been called by Good Samaritans to drive a drunken girl home safely, has been jailed for eight years for raping his teenage passenger.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The 17-year-old victim passed out after drinking too much while out with friends in Romford, police said.

She was helped by door staff and street pastors - church volunteers who look after vulnerable partygoers - who arranged for a licensed cab to take her to her home in Basildon, Essex.

But the driver, Nicolae Talaba, 35, took advantage of the girl’s drunken state and raped her after stopping near her home, police said.

Romanian-born Talaba, formerly of Mawney Road, Romford, carried on working after the attack in February 2012.

He was arrested when he returned to England after a holiday in Romania in July 2012.

Talaba was found guilty of one count of rape after a six-day trial at Southend Crown Court and was sentenced on Monday.

Senior Investigating Officer DI Danny Stoten, of Essex Police, said: “This was a lengthy and painstaking investigation that lasted almost a year.

“Talaba took advantage of the trust placed upon him and committed this terrible offence against a vulnerable teenage girl.

“When the rape was reported the offender’s identity was unknown. He was previously from Romania and so he was not on the DNA database. The hard work of the officers involved in the initial investigation, the co-operation of the public and some excellent investigative skills identified Talaba as the offender.

“He was arrested at Dover upon his return to the UK. He has shown no remorse and denied the offence throughout. This meant that the victim had to give evidence against him.

“The hard work, dedication and expertise of the investigating team ensured that the victim received justice. The victim and her family have received a great deal of support and have also contacted officers to thank them for all the work that led to the jailing of Talaba.

“He now has a very long time in prison to ponder upon his horrendous act.”

Tabala was also placed on the Sex Offender Register for life.

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

Other News Articles

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Romford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Romford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Romford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »