Edmonton cabbie sues passengers over false assault allegations

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Edmonton cabbie sues passengers over false assault allegations
Last Updated: Friday, May 15, 2009 | 12:26 PM MT Comments76Recommend59CBC News
Edmonton cab driver Soner Yasa has filed a civil lawsuit against four young women who were passengers in his taxi in 2006. (CBC)A veteran Edmonton taxi driver is speaking publicly about a civil lawsuit he filed last year against four young women who falsely accused him of sexual assault after travelling in his car three years ago.

"I just want to give those girls [a] lesson," Soner Yasa told CBC News. "We're so vulnerable as a cab driver."

The lawsuit, filed by Yasa in Edmonton's Court of Queen's Bench in April 2008, seeks nearly $250,000 in damages to cover emotional and mental distress. His allegations have not been proven in court. One of the four young women filed a statement of defence last month in which she admits to getting into Yasa's taxi but denies the rest of his allegations.

In April 2006, Yasa picked up the young women, all 19, along Whyte Avenue, a well-known strip of bars and restaurants in Edmonton. The girls were intoxicated, and trouble began when one of them tried to light up a cigarette, Yasa said. It is illegal to smoke in an Edmonton taxi cab, and Yasa told her to put out the cigarette or risk a $500 fine.

Just then, the girls demanded Yasa stop the cab, and they got out, refusing to pay the $13 fare. Then they accused Yasa of sexually molesting them, Yasa said. They called their friends, and Yasa soon was surrounded by what he calls a "mob." Both Yasa and friends of the four girls called police.

However, what happened in the taxi was caught on a video camera Yasa had installed inside his car after a passenger tried to assault him a couple of years before. Based on the video evidence of what happened in his cab, Yasa was not charged.

But he worries about what might have happened to his job and his marriage without that evidence.

"What would she do?" Yasa said of his wife. "She would have probably told me, 'There's the door, and get out.'"

According to a police report filed on the incident, one of the young women contacted police the next morning to say they were very sorry for the trouble she and her friends caused and that they would not be pursuing any charges.

The constable collected the $13 fare from the girls to pass on to Yasa. He took the money but gave it back the next day, because he wanted police to pursue charges against the girls. That didn't happen, so he filed the lawsuit.

While Yasa filed the lawsuit last year, he said he is going public with his story now to make people aware of how vulnerable taxi drivers are while they are on the job.

None of the young women named in the lawsuit responded to attempts by CBC News to contact them on Thursday. On Friday, one of the lawyers for the women said his client would not be speaking to the media about the lawsuit.

With files from Scott Fralick and Janice Johnston



notice how the police won't charge the false accusers



notice how the police won't charge the false accusers

Yes I did notice that - it is an open secret that false accusations are a major factor in allegations of rape and sexual assaults. The trouble is the police as well as other public bodies are in thrall to the feminist orthodoxy so they don't want to 'make a fuss'. It no doubts suits the feminist agenda to keep the rate of rape allegations high even if many of them are false because when they do their reports ALL allegations are presented as if they were ALL bone fide rape complaints.  :angryfire:

dr e

Good to see some of those male friendly responses.  I would urge people to go to that page and click "agree" on the posts where you concur.  This is a very simple way to build up support.  People can be moved to changing some of their programming when they see the majority is now on a side they had not considered. 
Contact dr e  Lifeboats for the ladies and children, icy waters for the men.  Women have rights and men have responsibilties.


i went looking for this story-with-out the link and could not find it in the headlines-even though there were a lot of older stories still up :dontknow:


False accusations of rape need to carry the same penalty as rape.
Imagine waking up tomorrow to find
that unbelievably rape is now legal.

You would be freaking out, telling everyone you ran into this is crazy- something needs to be done... now!!! And then every man you told this to just very smugly and condescendingly says...

"Hey... not all men are 'like that.'"


False accusations of rape need to carry the same penalty as rape.

I agree with Virtue, here.  False accusers should be subject to the same punishment, in type as well as in degree, as those whom they accuse. 
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
-- General Dwight D.  Eisenhower. 

"Be bold and courageous.  When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did."
-- Unknown.

Mr. X

So do people think the Duke case really opened it up for men to seriously argue about false allegations. Seems to me, before Duke, none of this would fly. But having a national case with glaring evidence that both showed the victim was lying and that the system went out of its way to cover it up and support the lie helped a lot to open the door. We even have a term called "Nifonged" now referring to a guy rail roaded by a system bent on convicting a man accused of rape no matter what.
Feminists - "Verbally beating men like dumb animals or ignoring them is all we know and its not working."


So do people think the Duke case really opened it up for men to seriously argue about false allegations.

. . . helped a lot to open the door.  .  .

Regretfully, X, I don't think it did.

While there has been a smidgeon of consideration amongst the legal profession, visible in a handful of conferences, there were no significant repurcussions for the actors. The City manager and mayor, the DPD, the Trinity neighbourhood activist groups (heavy on faculty there), the humanities and angry studies faculty, the SANE movement US wide, the ADAs, the judges, the N.C. NAACP . . . - none of them have had consequences yet.

The N.C. AG (Cooper), the acting (2007) D.A., and the federal attorney (a republican) all slid in safe. The republican senator did nothing. The democrat governor did nothing.

Most disappointing was the reaction of the Innocence Project - particularly Barry Scheck - did NOTHING. Same with the N.C. innocence project (did you catch the comments of the female director of same - astonishing).

The press - epic failure, with the exception of two student journalists with the Duke chronicle, Neff of the N&O,a nd Stuart Taylor. Nancy Grace is still on TV, and the less said about Couric the better. Estrich, as offensive as she is, was better than mowst of the press. Bizarre for that to be so!!

Duke is still drawing record numbers of applicants, not one of the faculty have been disciplined (several central ones have been PROMOTED). None of the Duke management team have been censored - Brodhead, Burness, Dean Sue, none of 'em.

Love it if it had made a difference, I just don't see evidence of it.

dr e

Damn Askance!  Can you squeeze any more depressing truth into that post?  Sadly must agree with you.  The only convert has been KC Johnson and he continues to go after the pc dung sniffers.
Contact dr e  Lifeboats for the ladies and children, icy waters for the men.  Women have rights and men have responsibilties.

Mr. Bad

What I want to know is why they don't name the false accusers in the article?  No sexual assault occurred, so no worries about running afoul of guidelines stating that news media won't publish the names of alleged 'victims.'  The only victim here is the cabbie.  Seems to me that those girls should have their names listed so that people will be able to avoid them in order to protect themselves. 

So once again, we have here:
"Men in teams... got the human species from caves to palaces. When we watch men's teams at work, we pay homage to 10,000 years of male achievements; a record of vision, ingenuity and Herculean labor that feminism has been too mean-spirited to acknowledge."  Camille Paglia


I wonder if it would be possible to get a copy of the lawsuit he filed, and publicize the names ourselves via our various blogs, etc.


May 21, 2009, 09:43 AM Last Edit: May 21, 2009, 09:45 AM by outdoors

I wonder if it would be possible to get a copy of the lawsuit he filed, and publicize the names ourselves via our various blogs, etc.

i am sure u can---when i was reading the comments, i believe that someone  mentioned where and how to do it(i think thats where i read it).

or maybe it was u-tube,not sure any more?


Court rules taxi driver falsely accused of rape can receive compensation in legal first

By Luke Salkeld

Last updated at 1:37 AM on 21st May 2009


A taxi driver falsely accused of rape could receive a five-figure compensation payout after winning a landmark victory.

Clive Bishop, 49, says his life was ruined after a drunken 17-year-old passenger claimed he attacked her.

Kirsty Palmer later admitted she made up the allegations and was jailed for ten months for perverting the course of justice.

When he applied for compensation, Mr Bishop described how months of living under a cloud of 'slurs and lies' had caused him enormous suffering.
But the foster carer was twice refused a payout by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on the grounds he had not come to physical harm.

That ruling has now been overturned on appeal - the first time the authority has agreed to compensate for the mental trauma of a false criminal accusation.

It is not known exactly how much he will receive but his lawyers estimate it could be up to 10,000.

Mr Bishop, who has fostered ten children with his wife Sue, picked
up Palmer in his taxi from a nightclub in February 2007. The mother of two was drunk and had already been sick.

But only hours after dropping her at her home, police arrived at Mr Bishop's house at 4.30am and arrested him in front of his wife on suspicion of rape.

Mr Bishop said: 'I kept trying to explain to the police that it was nonsense.
'But I kept being told to shut up. I was in shock but convinced that they'd realise I hadn't done anything and let me go.'

Mr Bishop was questioned for 12 hours before being subjected to 'humiliating' intimate forensic examinations and bailed. His taxi was also seized for forensic examination and he was under police scrutiny for a further three months.

Ostracised by his community, Mr Bishop says he tried to return to driving his taxi, but found himself unable to find work.

Months later, Palmer confessed that after being locked out of her house in her drunken state she had knocked on a neighbour's door and falsely claimed she had been raped.

But despite her admission, Mr Bishop was twice refused compensation because he had no physical injuries.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority overturned those decisions last week at a closed hearing in Taunton, Somerset.

Mr Bishop will now undergo a psychological evaluation to determine the amount he will be eligible to receive before officially applying for compensation later this year.

The amount he gets will depend on the psychological damage he suffered from the incident as well as his lost earnings.

Yesterday Mr Bishop, from Walton in Somerset, told how he had been 'to hell and back'.

'It's been such a difficult time for me and my wife,' he said. 'They claim you are innocent until proven guilty but in reality that is not the case. People always assume the worst and we had to live with three months of slurs and lies about my character.

'That is why this ruling is so important to me - I could not ever drive a taxi again so this decision will make a huge difference to my life. I'm just so very happy and relieved.'

His lawyer Russell Pearce said: 'It is a landmark case - especially for all those who have suffered the extensive trauma that a false allegation can bring.

'This now means that in the future other people will be able to make an application, which is very important.'


 i cannot seem to find the vid anymore?

can anyone else?

i wudda posted this vid here;

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