Rapist posing as taxi driver who carried out two near-identical attacks 12 years apart jailed for 18 years

Wednesday 3 April 2024

A rapist who carried out two near-identical sex attacks 12 years apart by luring lone women into his car has been jailed.

Fareed Issa Tariq, 43, was imprisoned for 18 years at Swindon Crown Court on Wednesday after he was convicted of rape at the same court in February.

He lured a woman into his car as she waited for a taxi after a night out in Swindon on April 15 last year.

During the journey he touched her inappropriately before driving her to a layby where he raped her, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Fareed Issa Tariq was imprisoned for 18 years at Swindon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Tariq, of Barnum Court, Swindon, had carried out a near-identical attack in 2011 when he offered a woman a lift after she had been on a night out in Swindon, drove her to a secluded area and raped her.

He was jailed for six years in 2012.

The Ministry of Justice has been asked for details of what supervision he was placed under as a result of that conviction, and whether it still applied at the time of the second attack.

Lisa Garcia, senior crown prosecutor with CPS Wessex, said: “Fareed Tariq is a danger to women.

“Not only did he pose as a taxi driver to prey on a lone victim, Tariq then cruelly tried to blame her for his depraved crime.

“The fact he committed a strikingly similar crime over a decade ago shows he is devoid of remorse and remains a threat to the public.

“We hope his conviction sends a clear message that the CPS is committed to prosecuting rape cases and that we will always strive to deliver justice for victims.”