Gardaí remove taxi driver’s licence after sexual assault conviction
Kusika Kudia (left) speaks to a reporter
June 21 2021 11:03 AM
Gardaí have removed the licence of a taxi driver who was pictured back behind the wheel of his taxi, just two days after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a passenger.
Exclusive pictures showed how Kusika Kudia was driving his taxi in Dublin’s southside on Friday of last week.
When confronted, Kudia said no one had mentioned to him that his conviction meant he was unfit to carry passengers.
Just two days earlier, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court had heard how Kudia kissed a female passenger, forcibly inserting his tongue into her mouth, without her consent as she was collecting her bag from his car.
The 55-year-old, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman outside her Dublin home on February 13, 2020.
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 during the journey she checked if he accepted card payment and when he said that he did not, she asked to stop at an ATM to withdraw cash.
On her return to the taxi, Kudia asked her to sit in the front seat beside him rather than in the back as she had been doing.
She refused but Kudia asked her to move again.
On arriving at her home, she got out of the car but then noticed that Kudia had got out too.