East End cabbie caught by DNA jailed after rape attempt on passenger

Black cab David Perry, 'abused position of trust' when preying on sleeping passengers

Black cab David Perry, 'abused position of trust' when preying on sleeping passengers - Credit: Archant

A cabbie who tried to rape a woman in the back of his taxi and sexually assaulted another has been jailed today for 10 years after being tracked down by his DNA some 18 months after his first attack.

David Perry, a 52-year-old from Gayton House in Bow, east London, admitted charges of attempted rape, assault by penetration and two of sexual assault.

Detectives launched a hunt after the first attack in January, 2013, on a women who fell asleep in the back of his cab at Highbury in north London.

DNA samples were taken, but didn’t match any recorded on the national database.

The second attack was at Glebelands Avenue in Woodford last summer which matched the identical DNA evidence.

Each attack was at night after the women, both in there 20s, had been out socialising before getting into Perry’s taxi and falling asleep—only to wake up finding him molesting or trying to rape them.

Detectives finally managed to narrow down the taxi suspected to have been used in the attacks, which was identified last August as registered to David Perry, who had no police record convictions.

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He was arrested at his home in Bow on August 14 and was charged the following day after his DNA matched both offences.

“Perry was in a position of trust as the driver of an iconic London taxi,” Det Chief Insp Samantha Price from the Met’s Sexual Offences Command said after the case.

“Sadly, he breached that trust by targeting women who he perceived to be vulnerable.

“But those women thankfully came forward and reported him with their determination to see him brought to justice.”

Perry was a taxi driver for 25-years and detectives made “detailed enquiries into his past”, fearing the possibility that he may have committed similar offences that have not been reported.

They have eliminated unsolved cases from their investigation, Scotland Yard revealed.

But Det Chief Insp Price added: “We are appealing directly to anyone who thinks they may have been raped or assaulted by Perry to come forward. We would reassure them they will be treated with sensitivity and support through each step.”

Police are asking anyone who thinks they may have been assaulted by Perry to call 020-8217 6446.

Perry pleaded guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court on February 2 to four charges. He was sentenced today to 10 years and a further five on licence.