A 67-year-old cabbie who breathes with help from an oxygen tank testified a fare punched him at least three times in the head before robbing him of almost $200.
Anthony Sauls is on trial in B.C. Supreme Court for allegedly robbing Ken Cotter, who drove a man and woman from Kamloops to Neskonlith reserve on Sept. 26 last year.
Prosecutor Don Mann outlined the Crown’s case Monday against Sauls at the beginning of what is expected to be a three-day trial. Sauls is charged with robbery and breach of an undertaking.
The incident began at Domino’s Pizza in Kamloops, where a young man and woman asked staff to hail a cab.
Driving a Yellow Cabs van, Cotter picked the pair up for a fare to the Neskonlith reserve, just west of Chase off the Trans-Canada Highway.
The cabbie demanded money up front before driving. When the first $50 ran out, he pulled off the highway until the pair came up with more. Cotter said the man and woman argued about the money several times during the drive.
The last time the cab stopped en route, the male took the passenger seat beside him, he testified.
He eventually stopped the cab at a driveway on the reserve at what was supposed to be the end of the ride.
“He told me to give his f’ing money back,” Cotter testified.
He said the male demanded the money again, before punching him several times, driving Cotter’s head into the driver’s side window.
The passenger then reached up and grabbed the fare he’d paid, as well as another $65 in a billfold and a taxi ID tag.
“I kept my head down the last time,” Cotter said. “I didn’t want to get any more.”
The trial is expected to continue Tuesday.