Two girls on night out dumped next to reservoir by “violent” Uber driver


Shenel Osman, 28, and Rachel Cousins, 26, booked an Uber home after a night out.

But what was supposed to be a 20-minute journey turned into a nightmare.

The two pals say they began panicking when the driver took them on a detour “in the opposite direction” and when they asked him to turn around he began quadrupling the fare.

Shenel, a junior buyer for a retail firm, quickly cancelled the trip on her app but the driver of the black Mercedes E-Class only became more aggressive and stopped next to a reservoir at about 1am on Sunday morning.

Left on the roadside in the early hours of Sunday morning in Chingford, east London, Rachel called police while Shenel called for another taxi.

Rachel said: “He grabbed my arm to pull me out and then yanked my seatbelt from above my shoulder and pulled it repeatedly out the door so that it went tight across my neck.

“Luckily I”m ok, he did it because we confronted him about where he had driven us to and why.

“We had no choice but to leave the taxi as he was verbally abusive as well as aggressive, he was repeatedly shouting “you are not my responsibility anymore, get out of my property now”.”

The pair, who were refunded by Uber after complaining, say the driver has now lost his licence.

Rachel said: “At the moment they have refunded us and revoked the driver”s taxi licence with immediate effect.

“The rest they will take up with the police once we have written our statement.”

She added: “We are just shocked that something like this could happen and grateful that it wasn”t worse.

“We called the police at the scene and are going to write a formal complaint about this man.

“He should not be allowed to work with that much aggression and leave two young girls on a deserted road at that time of night.

“Not only was he unprofessional but he was also heartless.”

In an investigation Uber have condemned violence by their taxi drivers but claim that every employee is required to undergo the same checks as any other cab driver.

A spokesperson said: “All drivers are fully licensed and they got through the same checks and balances as a black cab driver.

“We will be talking to all parties involved including the riders as well as the driver.

“While the investigation is ongoing the driver has been prevented from taking trips with Uber.

“Violence of any kind is unacceptable and is not tolerated by Uber.

“If serious incidents are reported it is our policy to prevent the licensed driver from using the app whilst we investigate.

“We”re currently investigating this incident and will take the appropriate action when we have all the details.”