Cabbie accused of punching passenger awaits fate

A Yellowknife taxi driver accused of leaving a passenger bloodied and black-eyed following an alleged assault last summer will learn his fate next month. Matar Mahamed Mahamud pleaded not guilty to one count of assault causing bodily harm, prompting a trial that continued last Friday in territorial court with closing arguments from the Crown and...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at