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Friday, 13 May 2011 13:35

Man spared jail time for brutal beating of cabbie

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By John R. Statton - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Swift Current
A 22-year-old man received a conditional sentence for the viscous assault of a 67-year-old cab driver in Swift Current, May 13.

RCMP responded to a call of an alleged assault during the early morning hours of Oct. 30, 2010.

Police interviewed three female witnesses who were at the scene.

The cab driver was knocked unconscious during the incident, and did not remember much of the altercation.

He told police that he recalled picking up a fare of six individuals from a bar downtown.

Members were able to determine the circumstances through witness statements taken at the scene.

It was alleged that the cabbie had taken the passengers for off-sale liquor just prior to the incident.

The accused had opened liquor in the cab before reaching the next destination, and was subsequently warned by the driver to cease his actions.

The court heard that Michael Krein, the accused, exited the vehicle and punched the driver, knocking him out.

According to witnesses, Krein then picked up the cabbie from the where he lay and struck him again.

The court heard from the Crown that it was an unprovoked situation.

The driver suffered obvious visible facial injuries, and according to a statement by his dentist, he now has trouble using his jaw.

The accused had since relocated to Red Deer, Alta. and had a prior conviction for having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding 0.8 mg/ml.

The conviction had come in just a matter of days prior to the assault.

Based on the aggravated and mitigated circumstances in the case the Crown recommended a six-month jail sentence.

Krein had entered an early plea of guilty in the matter.

He was sentenced to a nine-month conditional sentence, followed by one-year probation.

Krein will be under house arrest for the first four months, and must adhere to a curfew for the remaining five.

His conditions include: to provide a DNA sample, not to consume alcohol or non-prescription drugs, alcohol assessment and counseling at the discretion of a probation order, a no contact clause, and to not be within five metres of the victim.

A surcharge of $50 was paid forthwith in addition to the sentence.

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