October 2018

Rotherham taxi driver jailed after sexually abusing teenage girl

Taxi driver found guilty of sexual abuse of care home girl


A taxi driver who sexually abused a vulnerable teenage girl living in a care home has been jailed for nine years.

Darren Hyett, 55, of Broom Chase, Rotherham, was jailed today at Sheffield Crown Court after being convicted of three counts of sexual actvity with a child.

The offences against a girl who was aged 15 when the abuse first started, took place between 2004 and 2007.

A National Crime Agency investigation proved Hyett, who was aged 41 at the time, targeted and groomed the 15-year-old girl.

He bought her gifts, gave her alcohol and cigarettes and regularly took her out in his taxi after collecting her from a children’s home.

In her victim impact statement she said: “Darren has impacted on my life in many ways and still does – many of these are invisible to the eyes of others.

September 2018

Taxi driver found guilty of sexual abuse of care home girl

A TAXI driver has been found guilty of sexually abusing a girl who was living in a children’s home.

Darren Hyett (54, pictured), of Broom Chase, Rotherham, was convicted at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Monday) of three counts of sexual activity with a child following a two-week trial.

He was cleared of four counts of rape, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity with a child and perverting the course of justice.

The jury failed to reach a verdict on a further count of rape.

Hyett sexually abused the girl when she was living at St Edmund’s Care Home, Thurcroft, as a teenager while he was working for A1 Taxis. He groomed her with gifts, money, drink and drugs.

He was aged between 40 and 44 when the offences took place, between 2004 and 2007. The complainant was aged between 15 and 18.

Hyett has been remanded into custody and will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on October 12.

Rotherham Borough Council has been contacted for a comment.

Hyett was charged as part of the National Crime Agency’s investigation into historic CSE in the town — dubbed Operation Stovewood — between 1997 and 2013.

This was the fifth Operation Stovewood trial.

To date, 35 people have been arrested, of whom 18 have been charged and seven convicted.