Fake Uber driver who prowled streets for women to attack is jailed

Fake Uber driver who prowled streets with a ‘rape kit’ looking for women to attack armed with Viagra, latex gloves, balaclava and baby oil is jailed for 23 years

A fake Uber driver who prowled the streets with a makeshift ‘rape kit’ containing Viagra, latex gloves, a balaclava and baby oil as he looked for women to attack has been jailed for 23 years.

Sex predator Graham Head posed as a taxi driver as he cruised the streets of Brighton in his silver Mercedes estate looking for vulnerable young women to assault.

He was arrested while driving around the seaside resort in a Covid facemask after one of his victims memorised a section of his personalised number plate after escaping by kicking him in the groin.

Detectives arresting Head found items in his car including Viagra, latex gloves, a balaclava and baby oil. They also found pepper spray and an extendable baton at his home, with police fearing that there are more victims who have not yet come forward.

Head, from Pevensey, East Sussex, has been jailed after being convicted of kidnapping, attempted rape, and sexual assault by a jury at Hove Trial Centre.

Graham Head (pictured) posed as a taxi driver to take advantage of vulnerable women

Head (pictured) was arrested wearing a facemask while driving around Brighton

Judge Jeremy Gold KC praised the woman in her 20s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, for her presence of mind in memorising part of the plate number.

‘Were it not for her, he would not have been apprehended and we would not be where we are today,’ he said.

Head told victims he was a taxi driver and had business cards designed to look like he worked with Uber.

Prosecutor Ryan Richter said Head was responsible for a series of terrifying night time assaults on vulnerable women.

In a victim statement, his first victim said the physical impacts of his attack were temporary, ‘The psychological impacts were not.’

The young woman said she was frequently overwhelmed and still struggles to be outside on her own at night. Head’s second victim was so traumatised she was unable to give a statement, Mr Richter said.

HHJ Gold told Head: ‘You were in the habit of driving around in the early hours of the morning looking for vulnerable, intoxicated young women. You were posing as a Good Samaritan. Instead you were a sexual predator.’

 Head was caught after one of his victims remembered his personalised number plate

The predator prowled the streets of Brighton in his silver Mercedes estate (pictured) 

Head was jailed for 18 years with a five year dangerousness extension on each of the three counts with the sentences to be served concurrently. He will be eligible for parole after serving at least 12 years in prison, Judge Gold said.

The judge praised police for their painstaking work in analysing CCTV around Brighton, number plate cameras, phone data and banking records to give the jury a full picture of Head’s activities.

The court heard police investigating the attempted rape of a woman in Brighton in August 2022 were alerted to another sex attack in November.

A woman in her late teens was dragged into bushes by Head in the early hours of August 19. He attempted to rape her after giving her a lift from Brighton to the park. He fled when her phone rang, the jury heard.

On November 18, a woman in her 20s reported waking up in a vehicle which she believed to be a taxi to find a man sexually assaulting her. She managed to escape after kicking Head in the groin.

Investigators pieced Head’s movements together using footage from CCTV and doorbell cameras

She called police at around 3.10am and was able to remember three digits of his number plate on his silver Mercedes estate.

Head was wearing a facemask when police pulled him over. Police found an extendable baton and incapacitating spray when they searched his home in Pevensey, East Sussex. Investigators pieced Head’s movements together using footage from CCTV and doorbell cameras.

Defending Head, Francesca Levett said he was a vibrant, lively, family man who had serious long term health problems. Head has recurrent Meningitis and an inoperable brain aneurysm, she said.

Detective Constable Elliott Lander from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: ‘Graham Head is a predatory offender who gained the trust of these victims by posing as a taxi driver, only to take advantage of vulnerable women in the most abhorrent ways.

‘The items found in his car show the callous, pre-meditated nature of his crimes as he moved through Brighton and Hove looking for potential victims. Thanks to the quick-thinking and bravery of these two women, we were quickly able to connect Head to both incidents and bring him to justice. I would like to thank them both for their support during this investigation. Without them, this dangerous individual could still be at large.

‘Instead, he has been brought to justice and the streets of Brighton and Hove are safer as a result. We believe Head may have further victims who have not yet come forward.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or via 101, quoting Operation Cooper.

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