shafaq_husseinA blind woman thought her taxi driver was being a kindly soul when he offered to help her withdraw the fare from a cash machine.

But, far from being a Good Samaritan, he plundered her bank account and pocketed almost 20 times the cost of the fare.

Yesterday, a smirking Shafak Hussain escaped a jail sentence after being convicted of theft.

But magistrates were told he has been shunned by his community, friends and former colleagues, and sacked from his job.

The incident happened last August when Gill Holland, who was returning from a hospital appointment, realised she was short of money so asked Hussain to stop at a machine so she could withdraw the fare.

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