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Not guilty pleas entered in abduction, assault of city cab driver

By Peggy Revell on March 14, 2017.

Shawn Thomas Baldhead is seen in this police handout photo. On Tuesday, March 12, Baldhead pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges related to the abduction and assault of a Medicine Hat cab driver in November 2016. POLICE PHOTO

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The man accused of abducting and assaulting a local cab driver entered not guilty pleas Tuesday at the Medicine Hat Provincial Courthouse.

Shawn Thomas Baldhead, who remains in custody and made his appearance by closed-circuit television, entered the not guilty pleas to all charges he faces, opting to be heard before a provincial court judge.

Baldhead was charged with robbery, kidnapping, sexual assault with a weapon and three counts of uttering death threats/threats to cause bodily harm following a Nov. 24 incident when a man approached a female cab driver in Medicine Hat for a ride to another part of the city. The cab driver was then physically and sexually assaulted, with the taxi driven to Calgary before the victim was released.

Police issued a description of the suspect, and the following week Baldhead was located and arrested in Calgary.

Baldhead is being represented by Calgary-based lawyer, Alin Mayer. He has yet to have a bail hearing. His next court appearance will be on March 28 to set dates for the next phase of the matter.

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