Refuses to Pay Taxi, Hammers Driver With Punches
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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On January 2nd, 2018, a 31-year-old Blake Gavin appeared in courtroom 102 of the Thunder Bay Courthouse and was scheduled to enter multiple guilty plea’s that stem from an incident in October of 2017.

His Honour, Justice DiGiuseppe was presiding along with Provincial Crown Attorney Gordon Fillmore and criminal defense lawyer Johnny DeBakker. There is also a court clerk, court reporter, a Thunder Bay Police Service officer, civilians watching court, and myself.

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Gavin starts the case off with pleading guilty to the following criminal charges:

  • Transportation Fraud
  • Assault
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Breach of Bail Conditions

The remaining charges are marked as withdrawn by the Crown.

ADMITTED FACTS

On October 14th, 2017, Gavin called a Roach’s Taxi to a south-side address. A taxi attended and picked up Gavin, where they made it about 3 blocks away from the starting point when Gavin became upset. Gavin started to argue about the cost of the fare with the cab driver and demanded the vehicle to be pulled over.

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After the taxi was pulled  over, the driver asked for the $8.65 which was shown on the meter. That is when Gavin pulled out a $20 bill and demanded exact change. As the driver was making change, Gavin exited the vehicle without paying any money and started to walk away across a parking lot.

The cab driver followed Gavin and asked him to stop as he still owed money for his fare. At this point the cab driver grabbed Gavin’s backpack and asked him to pay his fare. Gavin then punched the cab driver in the face with a closed fist, causing small cut to the cab drivers lip. More punches from Gavin continued to fly from Gavin to the cab driver, resulting in the cab driver to falling to the ground.

An off duty police officer witnessed the altercation as they were driving and pulled over to call 911. The officer assisted the situation.

Gavin resisted police by refusing the police request. He was visibly intoxicated and smelt of alcohol. Gavin’s hands had lacerations to the back of his hands after this incident.

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Gavin has no prior criminal record.

The defence admits these facts are substantially correct.

DEFENCE SUBMISSIONS

A suspended sentence is suggested for a period of 18 months. Gavin will be under court order to attend and participate in alcohol related treatment and anger management classes. It is said that Gavin has been sober since his breach in July of 2018.

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There was a mischief charge that Gavin was facing, but was withdrawn by the Crown. Due to that incident, Gavin is prohibited from attending a north-side address and must pay restitution for over $1300.

Gavin will also pay Roach’s Taxi the whopping $8.65 in restitution for the taxi cab incident.

The court hears that Gavin was employed up until this year of October, when his boss brought in family member to work, which left no room for Gavin to remain. Despite losing his job, he has no concerns about finding other employment.

JUDGE’S DECISION

His Honour, Justice Dino DiGiuseppe asks Gavin if he has anything to say, and he declines to make any comments. He further asks him how long he needs to make the remainder of the restitution, as he has already put some money down. 6 months time is suggested by Justice DiGiuseppe, and Gavin accepts.

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Gavin’s probation conditions for the next 18 months are as follows:

  • No weapons for 2 years
  • Keep the peace and be of good behaviour
  • Report to your probation officer as ordered
  • No contact with the cab driver and the female victim from the north side incident
  • He is not to attend a north side address where the female lives
  • Make restitution by June 2019

Gavin’s court matter is concluded and he is instructed to wait in the courtroom to sign some documents.

FAVOURITE DRINK: MAMBO TAXI

A margarita hugged in a sangria swirl. This is about to be your new favourite cocktail.

INGREDIENTS SERVES: 2 DRINKS

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Sangria

  • 1/2 c. Seven Daughters Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/4 c. orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp. agave nectar

Margarita

  • 1/2 c. tequila (100% pure agave)
  • 1/4 c. triple sec (or Cointreau)
  • 1/4 c. lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. agave nectar
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 c. of ice, heaping

INSTRUCTIONS

Make the sangria by combining all the ingredients into a pourable measuring cup. Stir. Cover and place in freezer along with 2 glasses.

Meanwhile, combine all margarita ingredients together (except the ice) in a high powered blender. Blend for a quick second to incorporate the ingredients. Place blender in fridge (or freezer if you have the room). Wait 20-30 minutes before assembling the drinks. This will allow the mixtures to get nice and cold.

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Just before serving, pull out the glasses and sangria from the freezer. Set aside.

Add 2 heaping cups of ice to the margarita blender. Blend on high speed until thoroughly combined. Time will vary per blender.

Fill 1/5 of the glass with sangria. In a rocking motion, pour the margarita mixture on top to achieve a swirled look. Top with a lime wedge and straw. Serve immediately.

NOTES

There will be a bit of leftover sangria. To use it up, double the margarita portion of the recipe for 4 drinks. Or serve the remaining sangria with ice and additional fruit wedges. The remaining sangria can be stored for 1-2 days covered in the fridge.

(We assume no responsiblity for anyone who may or may not punch out their taxi driver while drinking Mambo Taxi’s)

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