Covid positive East Lothian cabbie picked up fares despite 'stay home' order

A taxi driver put the lives of his passengers at risk after continuing to pick up fares despite testing positive with Covid-19.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 3:55 pm

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Gordon Leadbetter, 59, picked up “vulnerable” members of the public after he had tested positive with coronavirus and had been ordered to stay at home and self-isolate.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Leadbetter exposed his unaware passengers to the “risk of a heightened communication of transmission” of the SARS-CoV-2 disease while they were in his cab over the festive period last year.

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Covid positive: Gordon Leadbetter picked up vulnerable fares despite having Covid-19

The cabbie pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly carrying on his business as a taxi driver to the danger of his passengers lives and health between December 17 and 26 last year.

Sheriff Chris Dickson was told that prosecutors had not prepared a written narrative regarding the case and as a result no details of the offence were read out in court.

The sheriff accepted the driver’s guilty plea and deferred sentence for the preparation of reports and for the written narration to be prepared to next month.

Leadbetter, from Musselburgh, East Lothian, was granted bail after pleading guilty to culpably and recklessly carrying on business as a taxi driver and allowing passengers to enter his vehicle including those he knew to be particularly vulnerable to infection due to their medical conditions.

The charge states the taxi driver carried out the course of conduct after testing positive for the Covid 19 virus and ought to have been self-isolating and thus did expose his passengers to immediate risk of transmission of the virus, all to the danger of their lives and health at various locations between December 17 and 26 last year.

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