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A taxi driver who raped a teenager after she passed out on his back seat has asked for mercy in Adelaide's District Court.
Hajy Baba Rahmanian, 60, was found guilty of rape by a jury and is awaiting sentence after losing an appeal against his conviction.
The court heard that in June 2006 the 19-year-old victim got into Rahmanian's taxi after a party at North Adelaide.
Her friends rode with her to Hindley Street in the city where they got out to continue celebrations and told the taxi driver to take the victim home because she had been passing out and was severely intoxicated.
He said the Iranian immigrant did not fully appreciate the severity of the crime under Australian law.
"There is a very reasonable possibility that given his cultural background and limited insight into laws and sexual behaviour, he didn't realise that having intercourse with somebody who is unconscious and therefore not consenting is a very serious crime," Mr Algie told the court.
"Mercy, in my submission, could and should have a significant role to play in Your Honour's sentencing.
"He is extremely remorseful about the current situation concerning the impact on his family."
Originally posted by Tiger5
Castration tools available in Aus??? Where is the decency and the respect for humanity?? Cultural background my arse. Rape is not legal/acceptible in Iran!!
What a crock!