A taxi driver falsely accused of rape by a passenger has told a court that he is now afraid to pick up female fares, as the judge in the case warned a woman she faces jail over the allegations.
Laura Hood, 27, maintained for more than two-and-a-half years she had been attacked by taxi driver Haroon Yousaf, but last week finally admitted that the incident did not take place.
But she continued to deny the allegation against her and said she was innocent because she had not knowingly lied, and instead had a false belief of “something so clear in my head”.
On Wednesday, a jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court found her guilty of perverting the course of justice, and Judge Julie Warburton indicated she would be facing time in prison.
In a witness statement read to the court, Mr Yousaf said: “It still affects me in my day-to-day life. I don’t know if I will ever come back fully from this. Before this incident I was a strong person. However I’m now negative and worry that things can go wrong.
“This is the most disgusting thing that anyone can be accused of.
“When I pick up single female passengers I always worry that something could happen again.”