Accused in assault on cab driver heading to trial

Preliminary hearing waived

A man accused of a vicious assault on a cab driver in May waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is heading straight to trial.

A one-day preliminary hearing was scheduled for Thursday in Red Deer provincial court. Hearings are optional for suspects who have asked to stand trial in Court of Queen’s Bench and test the strength of the Crown’s case.

Blackfalds RCMP responded on May 23 after it was alleged an Alberta Gold cabbie was beaten and left on the side of the road by a fare who then took off in his car. The victim, who has been a Red Deer cabbie for 30 years, was taken to hospital to be treated for multiple fractures and other injuries.

Daniel John Roger Trout, 33, was arrested in connection with the incident a few hours later. Trout was charged with aggravated assault, robbery and mischief.

A trial date will be determined Feb. 6 at arraignments in Court of Queen’s Bench.

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