A taxi driver took an 11-year-old passenger to McDonalds before groping her in his flat, a court heard.
Magdy Mahoud Abouzied, 53, is accused of taking the schoolgirl home before touching her breasts and vagina at his flat in Sydney, Australia.
The dad-of-three claims he only tapped her on the knee as they sat on his sofa.
He said he took the girl home after she flagged him down towards the end of a shift.
Abouzied told jurors at Sydney’s Downing Centre that she refused to leave his cab after admitting she didn’t have cash for a full fare.
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He said: “She said to me straight away, ‘I do not have enough money, I have $16AUD’.
“I said: ‘Your money is not enough.’”
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He said the girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – told him to drive her as far as the money would take her.
“What can I do?” he told the court. “I tell her get out from the car and she didn’t go.”
After switching to his own car at a taxi depot, Abouzied took her to McDonald’s where she ordered a chicken sandwich with no drink.
He claimed she told him, “I like warm milk.”
Abouziedadded that she followed him into his house when he stopped off to get his wallet, and demanded he heat milk in the microwave for her.
The girl claims he groped her after handing over the drink.
He later dropped her at her aunt’s home, and was arrested when the girl complained to her parents about the alleged attack.
Abouziedhas pleaded not guilty to four charges of indecent assault.
The trial continues.
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