Bad beat: Cabbie cleared in hit-and-run, scalper snared, and Alberta ‘anarchy’

Cab driver Guercy Edmond appears in court on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz.

A taxi driver convicted in the court of public opinion was cleared by a real court this week, just one of the stories in our Friday courts and crime roundup.

Cabbie cleared in gruesome hit-and-run

A Montreal cab driver was exonerated on multiple charges from a widely-shared caught-on-camera incident where he ran over a passenger in 2012.

Multiple videos showed Guercy Edmond’s cab strike and injure French national Benoit Kapelli, but the judge said videos proved Edmond was acting in fear and self-defence, trying to flee the scene after an argument with the aggressive passenger.

Some of those videos — which are stomach-churning and not recommended watching — were widely shared and Edmonds was quickly convicted in the court of public opinion. He says he’s been living in fear since 2012 and is constantly afraid that a passenger will attack him.


Donut magnate’s son denies sex assault

The son of a Tim Hortons co-founder defended himself against a multi-million-dollar lawsuit for sexual battery, saying in court that the sex in question was “vigorous, but consensual.”

Elizabeth Kelly is suing Steven Joyce for $5.75 million over an alleged assault aboard a yacht last year.

Joyce says the suit is a naked cash grab that’s caused him “profound embarrassment and humiliation.”


Toronto subway shove scare

Subway riders jumped to the rescue this week after an unidentified man shoved another traveller off a subway platform and onto the tracks at College Station.

Fortunately, fellow patrons had time to help the man off the tracks before the train pulled in.

The victim experienced minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Security cameras caught the scary shove and police are searching for the person responsible.


Scalper fined for major markup

Last week, we explained how ticket scalping is basically illegal in some provinces, but it’s rarely enforced and pretty typical to see sport or concert tickets sold at insane markups.

Yet sometimes, the law catches up to an unscrupulous reseller. 

Winnipeg police caught a man selling a Jets playoff ticket for nearly twice its original value this week, charging $600 for a $344 seat. Manitoba, like Ontario, outlaws reselling event tickets for more than their original value.

Cops seized the ticket and charged the man under the province’s Amusements Act. And some lucky fan was likely spared paying a steep price just to watch the Jets get swept out of the playoffs anyway.


‘Anarchist’ vandals tag Alberta town

Cops are investigating a flurry of vandalism in Wetaskiwin, Alta. that saw a war cenotaph, police car, and provincial building tagged with graffiti.

In three separate incidents over the past week, vandals spray-painted the word “tyrant” on a police car, the “anarchy” symbol on a provincial building, and “no pride in war” on the cenotaph.

Police said they “don't think it's necessarily somebody trying to make a political statement."

Really? In our view, it seems like the work of a clueless teen listening to too much Rage Against the Machine, who’s trying to make a political statement, without really knowing anything about politics.
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