A TAXI driver who raped a teenage passenger and claimed she had forced herself upon him was last night facing a lengthy prison sentence.

Liaqat Ali, 42, was yesterday convicted after a trial at Teesside Crown Court of forcing the 16-year-old to perform oral sex on him in his car.

The jury of six men and six women took a little more than three hours to return a ten-two majority guilty verdict at the end of the seven-day case.

Ali, of Abingdon Road, Middlesbrough, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced by Judge George Moorhouse on November 30.

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