Pervert cabbie was a convicted killer

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A Chorley taxi driver found guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage boy can today be revealed as a convicted killer.

Zulfikar Nawaz, 56, was convicted of sexual assault on a male after a 10-day trial at Preston Crown Court. He subjected his 18-year-old victim to a terrifying ordeal after he drove him home from a party in Chorley town centre.

After the case, it was revealed in court that Nawaz had a previous conviction for manslaughter dating back to 1977, although the precise details of that offence were not disclosed.

Because that conviction was regarded as ‘spent’, it meant he was able to get a hackney carriage licence from Chorley Council.

In December 2010, he picked up his victim and a friend from a taxi rank.

At just after midnight, Nawaz, who is married with four children, drove the pair to an address near Chorley, where he dropped the victim’s friend off.He then carried on alone with the victim. As he approached the house, his passenger told him where to stop.

However, Nawaz carried on for another 200 yards, blaming the fog on the cold winter’s evening for not being able to see his destination.

- For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian