Nfld. & Labrador

Cab driver heading to trial on sexual assault charges

A St. John's taxi driver accused of committing on-the-job sexual assaults has opted to go to trial with judge alone.

Lulzim (Leon) Jakupaj is currently in custody

Lulzim Jakupaj, who also goes by Leon, 32, is heading to trial in January on charges of sexual assault and break and enter. (Glenn Payette/CBC)

A St. John's taxi driver accused of committing on-the-job sexual assaults has opted to go to trial with judge alone.

Lulzim (Leon) Jakupaj, 32, who is originally from Kosovo, appeared at Supreme Court in St. John's on Monday.

​He was arrested and charged in June with breaking and entering and sexual assault. 

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the two charges were in response to two separate complaints made to police this year.

Officials said the complaints were made in April and May, and that "it is alleged Jakupaj was operating a taxi cab during the commission of these offences."

January trial

The breaking and entering charge stems from an incident early in May, while the alleged sexual assault occurred on March 31 in Paradise.

Five days have been set aside in January 2017 for the trial.

On Jakupaj's Facebook page, he lists his profession as "VIP Security/Driver at City Wide Taxi."

The RNC laid an additional sexual assault charge in August. Jakupaj is accused of sexually assaulting someone in the Mount Pearl area on March 21. 

Jakupaj is in custody. 

With files from Rob Antle

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