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Police charge Halifax taxi driver in July sexual assault

Saher H. Hamdan, 28, turned himself into police on Thursday afternoon

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Police have charged a Halifax man in relation to one of the five taxi sexual assaults reported so far this year.

According to a Halifax Regional Police release, sometime between 8:30-9:30 p.m. on July 15, a man driving a taxi on Lacewood Drive picked up a young woman in what is believed to be an older model, four-door white car with a roof light.

The man stopped the vehicle on Sherwood Street and when the woman asked how much she owed, the man said he was having issues with his meter and it would take a few minutes to fix.

While waiting to pay, police said the driver tried to kiss the woman, then locked her door and touched her in a sexual manner over her clothing without her consent.

The woman was able to get out of the car and go to a friend’s home, police said.

On Thursday at 2:42 p.m., investigators arrested 28-year-old Saher H. Hamdan when he turned himself into headquarters on Gottingen Street, the release said.

He is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court on Oct. 5, to face a charge of sexual assault.

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