Brisbane Uber Driver Fined After Asking How Lesbian Passenger Has Sex

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An Uber driver in Brisbane has been fined after he asked a lesbian passenger questions about her sex life.

Umar Subi Gammeda pleaded guilty on Friday to causing a public nuisance over the incident, which occurred in August last year, the Brisbane Times reported.

The court heard that Subi Gammeda asked the passenger on the trip from the inner Brisbane suburb of Paddington to Fortitude Valley if she was married, and on the trip she told him she was gay.

The 46-year-old told her that homosexuality was not condoned in his home country of Ethiopia, and went on to ask her for details of how she and her partner have sex, which was the basis of the passenger’s public nuisance complaint.

Subi Gammeda had initially also been charged with deprivation of liberty over allegedly detaining the passenger for over an hour, but that charge was withdrawn due to lack of evidence.

The man avoided a conviction and was fined $300.

Subi Gammeda’s lawyer, Debra Wardle, told the court that the man “fully accepts that it’s offensive here and he shouldn’t have said it.”

“This offence really boils down to cultural differences and not understanding, and he apologises for the offence that he has caused,” she said.

Subi Gammeda hasn’t worked as an Uber driver since being charged.

Nerelle Harper

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