Ottawa cab driver charged with sexual assault gets bail
Nidal Zeiti, 52, suspended from Blueline Taxi, set to appear in court again on Dec. 19
A suspended Ottawa cab driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger has been released on bail.
Nidal Zeiti, 52, appeared in court on Friday and was released with a series of conditions including a $7,500 bond and a $5,000 bond from his wife.
Other conditions of Zeiti's release include refraining from being alone with females outside of his family and abstaining from driving a taxi or a vehicle that could resemble a cab. He is also to refrain from contacting the 20-year-old female in this case.
A routine ban prohibits the publication of any evidence presented during the bail hearing.
Zeiti has been suspended from Blueline, and he is set to appear in court again on Dec. 19.
He is being represented by defence lawyer Henry Burr and the Crown lawyer is Robert Wadden.
Zeiti arrested Wednesday
Zeiti was arrested Wednesday after police suspected he picked up a 20-year-old woman and sexually assaulted her in his taxi.
Police said Zeiti picked up the passenger near the intersection of Bank Street and Hunt Club Road and then took her to an area near Walkley and McCarthy roads.
That's where he allegedly sexually assaulted her inside the vehicle.
Zeiti appeared in court Thursday around noon and duty counsel requested an Arabic translator.
Taxi camera, GPS data aid investigation
Using GPS data, cab models and information on the drivers, police and Blueline taxi officials were able to narrow their search from around 1,000 taxis to about 50.
They then ordered that group of taxis to come to a garage where police were waiting to examine the cameras, which are required in every taxi by a city bylaw.
Zeiti has been working for Blueline for just over a year.
There is still another, similar investigation involving a woman being sexually assaulted in Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood after hailing a taxi in Gatineau.