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Charges have now been withdrawn against a Calgary woman caught on tape abusing a taxi driver following an exclusive Global story that’s lasted nearly a year.
Brittany Bachinsky was charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.
The incident was recorded on CCTV in a Mayfair taxi in July 2014. The video was released to Global News in July 2015.
It shows Bachinsky telling taxi driver Safou Ranna, “I don’t know why the f–k they let people like this into our f—ing country…you shouldn’t be allowed in my country.”
“Your country? It’s not your country,” Ranna replied on tape.
“It is my f—ing country, buddy. Where are you from? Where are you from?” Bachinsky continued.
“I’m from Canada,” Ranna said.
“I will f–k you up, buddy. You are a disrespectful motherf—er, you should be so glad to be in my f—ing country,” Bachinsky said.
At the time, Ranna told Global News he was happy charges have been laid.
“I feel so bad because this is my country; I’m a Canadian now,” he said.
The case was to be prosecuted as a hate crime, which could have meant double the sentence for Bachinsky if she had been convicted. The trial was scheduled to begin Monday.
Global News confirmed Friday the charges have been withdrawn. Court heard there was “no likelihood for conviction” in the case. Ranna could not immediately be reached for a comment.
Watch below: Global’s Nancy Hixt uncovers shocking cases of racial abuse against Calgary taxi drivers in the below series