Uber Eats driver sexually assaulted girl, 16, during McDonald’s takeaway order

Uber Eats driver Muhammad Junaid walked into the 16-year-old girl’s house and asked her to rate him on the app before hugging her and touching her backside, Minshull Crown Court heard

A delivery driver sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl after she ordered a McDonald’s takeaway.

Uber Eats driver Muhammad Junaid was on shift when the girl put in an order to the fast food restaurant.

After delivering the food, he walked into the girl’s house and asked her to ‘rate’ him on the app, Manchester Evening News reported.

He then took her phone from her and rated himself, before kissing the teenager on the cheek and pulling her into a hug.

Minshull Crown Court heard that as she tried to push him away, he moved his hand behind her and ‘squeezed’ the girl’s bottom.

Junaid, formerly of Denton, tried to hug her again but ended up pulling a blanket, which was wrapped around her shoulders, off her body.

She then screamed at him to get out.

He initially denied the offence of sexual assault, telling to officers that he just dropped the food off then left.

Junaid later pleaded guilty.

Today he was handed a three year community order.

Prosecuting, Nicholas Clarke told the court that on August 26, 2019 at around 2.45pm, the girl was alone at her parent’s house in Denton when she ordered food on the Uber Eats app from McDonalds.

Junaid brought the food to the address shortly before 3pm.

“She opened the door when he arrived and the defendant entered her home and placed the food in the corner of the hallway,” Mr Clarke said.

“He immediately asked her to rate the service he had given, but it was clear she couldn’t really understand what he was saying and it was at this point the defendant took her mobile phone to demonstrate, and rated himself on her Uber Eats app.

“He then put his arm around her, pulled her towards him and kissed her on the cheek. She told him to leave the house.”

After asking for a selfie and pulling her into a hug, the driver grabbed the teenager’s bottom.

He eventually left after the girl ‘screamed’ at him, which was heard by a neighbour.

The girl later told her mum and the matter was reported to the police.

In his police interview Junaid denied entering her house, denied the sexual assault and stated he dropped the food off, asked for feedback then left.

He later changed his plea to guilty and advanced a basis of plea which was said to suggest that there was no deliberate intention to enter the girl’s house without her consent.

Junaid was said to have no previous convictions on his record.

In mitigation, his defence counsel Jonathan Turner said: “He has now lost his job through Uber Eats and Just Eat due to the involvement of the police.

“He is unemployed, he tried to obtain work in a warehouse but because of language difficulties he was unable to.

“The defendant has been on bail for two years and two months, and in my submission, a three year community order would be excessive.”

Sentencing, Judge John Potter said: “Your actions at the property were wholly uninvited, completely wrong and amounted to the sexual abuse of this 16-year-old girl.

“Your actions are made worse by the age of the victim and the fact that she was alone in the house at the time.”

Junaid, now living at an address on Fraser Place in Aberdeen, was handed a three year community order, must complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirements, stay at his address for the next six months and pay £100 compensation.