Queensland taxi driver charged with rape, choking and other serious offenses

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A taxi driver has been charged with a series of serious domestic violence and animal cruelty offenses as well as possession of child exploitative equipment after a police investigation in the northern town of Mount Isa -Western Queensland.

The charges come after a lengthy investigation into the exploitation of vulnerable women in the community.

In October, detectives opened the investigation after receiving reports from the community about alleged domestic violence offences.

On January 5, detectives assisted by the Mount Isa Child Protection and Investigation Unit and other district officers executed a search warrant at a residential address where documents and digital evidence were believed to have been located and seized.

The 56-year-old Mount Isa man has been charged with one count of rape, one count of suffocation, one count of common assault, one count of animal cruelty, one count of possession of child exploitation material and one count of using a transportation service to threaten/harass.

It will be alleged that the man used his job as a taxi driver to exploit a number of vulnerable female victims throughout the Mount Isa community.

Mount Isa District Police Unit Acting Detective Inspector Sean Wade praised those involved in the investigation.(North West Queensland ABCs: Larissa Waterson)

Acting Detective Inspector Sean Wade said the arrest highlighted that police would not allow vulnerable members of the community to be exploited or harmed.

“This arrest is the culmination of a months-long investigation and I would like to commend the investigators involved,” he said.

“I thank the community for the information provided, which greatly assisted in reaching a successful resolution.”

The man will appear in Mount Isa Magistrates Court on March 14.

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