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2017-06-13 10:26

UBER'S REPUTATION TAKES ANOTHER HIT: A Sydney Uber driver was sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a woman he was supposed to giving a lift to. Image: AP / Eric Risberg

Sydney-  An Uber driver was sentenced on Tuesday to nine years in prison for raping a drunken woman who fell asleep in the back of his ride-hailing car in Sydney.

Muhammad Naveed, 41, had pleaded not guilty in the New South Wales state District Court to raping the 22-year--old woman in October 2015. He argued that the sex was consensual.

Must serve six years and four months

He picked the woman up from Sydney's Kings Cross nightclub precinct and raped her in a side street.

Judge Deborah Payne ordered Naveed to serve at least six years and four months in prison before he can be considered for parole.

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