A taxi driver who sexually assaulted a vulnerable young woman who had become separated from her friends in Dublin city centre has been jailed for three years.
Ivan Seredych (aged 42) invited the crying woman into his taxi and offered to drive her home – but sexually assaulted her during the trip.
The woman saved his name and badge number onto her phone and ran to a garda station as soon as she got out of the taxi.
Seredych, of Kyrie Court, Main Street, Clonee, was convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury last month, following a three-day trial, of sexual assault of the 24-year-old woman at locations in the city on June 10, 2012. He does not accept the verdict of the jury.
Seredych came to Ireland from Ukraine in 2001. He has five previous convictions for road traffic offences.
Judge Murphy accepted his status as a foreign national must be taken into account in sentencing but noted that he had been in Ireland for upwards of 14 years and as he was a taxi driver he must have a level of linguistic ability.