He is a Danger to Women, yet he Drives a Taxi? And gets a Irish Passport, take it Away?As the Judge Stated, Sexual Assault, Deport, but we wont, the Pervert has Rights?

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Taxi driver who forced himself on passenger avoids jail

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A taxi driver who forced himself onto a female passenger and kissed her without her consent has avoided jail for sexual assault.a man wearing a costume© Provided by Extra.ie

Father-of-four Kusika Kudia, 55, later admitted to gardaí in interview that he had kissed the woman without her permission but suggested she was ‘looking for a kiss’.

This was rejected by the woman, who said she went into ‘survival mode’ after Kudia wrapped his arms around her and kissed her.a person standing in front of a building: Taxi driver Kusika Kudia who forced himself onto a female passenger and kissed her without her consent has avoided jail for sexual assault. Pic: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Taxi driver Kusika Kudia who forced himself onto a female passenger and kissed her without her consent has avoided jail for sexual assault. Pic: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Kusika Kudia, of Whitechurch Lawn, Ballyboden, Dublin 16, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman outside her Dublin home on February 13, 2020. He is still working as a taxi driver.

Judge Karen O’Connor said Kudia’s behaviour was ‘totally and utterly unacceptable and it amounted to sexual assault’. ‘A person who is the holder of a public vehicle licence has a duty to be trustworthy and ensure members of the public can travel safely and be returned home safely,’ she said.

She took into account a number of mitigating factors, including Kudia’s lack of previous convictions and his early guilty plea.a man wearing a military uniform: Father-of-four Kusika Kudia, 55, admitted to gardaí in interview that he had kissed the woman without her permission but suggested she was ‘looking for a kiss’. Pic: Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie Father-of-four Kusika Kudia, 55, admitted to gardaí in interview that he had kissed the woman without her permission but suggested she was ‘looking for a kiss’. Pic: Collins Courts

She handed down a sentence of nine months and suspended it on a number of conditions including that Kudia remain under the supervision of the Probation Service for 12 months.

Garda Mark Paul told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that the woman got into Kudia’s taxi with a friend following a night out in Dublin. Her friend was dropped off before she directed Kudia to take her to her home.

She said that during the journey to her home, she asked to stop at an ATM to withdraw cash.shoes on a tile floor: Kusika Kudia, of Whitechurch Lawn, Ballyboden, Dublin 16, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman outside her Dublin home on February 13, 2020. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie Kusika Kudia, of Whitechurch Lawn, Ballyboden, Dublin 16, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the woman outside her Dublin home on February 13, 2020. Pic: Shutterstock

On her return to the taxi, Kudia asked her to sit in the front seat beside him rather than in the back seat as she had been doing.

She refused but Kudia asked her to move again.

The woman later told gardaí that Kudia was not aggressive and spoke in a quiet voice, but she continued to refuse to move to the front seat. On reaching her destination, she got out of the car but went to the other side of the vehicle to make sure she had remembered all her belongings. She then noticed that Kudia had gotten out of the taxi.a man standing in front of a building: Kusika Kudia is still working as a taxi driver. Pic: Collins Courts© Provided by Extra.ie Kusika Kudia is still working as a taxi driver. Pic: Collins Courts

The woman later told gardaí that he approached her and asked for hug and to ‘come back with me’. She refused but he wrapped his arms around her and ‘got a good hold of her’.

Once she realised that he had a strong hold of her, she said ‘no’ in a ‘meaningful way’ and tried to elbow him, but he pushed his face towards her and forced his tongue into her mouth.

The woman said she then went into ‘survival mode’ and managed to get away and get into her house.a large building: Judge Karen O’Connor said Kudia’s behaviour was ‘totally and utterly unacceptable and it amounted to sexual assault’. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Judge Karen O’Connor said Kudia’s behaviour was ‘totally and utterly unacceptable and it amounted to sexual assault’. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

Kudia was identified after gardaí secured CCTV footage of the friends getting into his taxi and he was traced as the registered user of the vehicle.

He was interviewed two weeks later and said he knew what the problem was. He accepted he had kissed the woman without permission but insisted he had not used his tongue.

A victim impact statement was handed into court but not read out.

Keith Spencer BL, defending, submitted to the court that his client’s livelihood is now in jeopardy.a sign on the side of a building: The woman said she went into ‘survival mode’ after Kudia wrapped his arms around her and kissed her. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Photos© Provided by Extra.ie The woman said she went into ‘survival mode’ after Kudia wrapped his arms around her and kissed her. Pic: Colin Keegan/Collins Photos

He said Kudia came to Ireland in 1997 from the Congo.

He obtained Irish citizenship in 2005 and began working as a truck driver until he got a taxi license in 2019.

Mr Spencer asked the court to accept that his client has no criminal history and has never been accused of any similar behaviour since. ‘It was a massive error of judgement. He accepts that he had no right to make the advance he did,’ Mr Spencer said.

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