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Former Charlottetown taxi driver sentenced to 90 days for sexual assault

A former Charlottetown taxi driver has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for sexually assaulting a passenger in his cab.

Paramveer Singh Bhurjee pleaded guilty to grabbing woman's breast in cab

Paramveer Singh Bhurjee was sentenced Monday in P.E.I. Provincial Court for sexually assaulting a female passenger in August. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

A former Charlottetown taxi driver has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for sexually assaulting a passenger in his cab.

31 year old Paramveer Singh Bhurjee pleaded guilty Oct. 31 to grabbing a woman's breast, while she was riding in his taxi in August.

The woman got in his cab late one night after she'd been out drinking with her cousin in Charlottetown.

Bhurjee admitted asking the woman to get in the front seat, saying he needed her help to navigate to her destination.

After he grabbed her breast, she called 911 and ordered Bhurjee to pull over at a gas station and let her out.

The woman's name is protected by a court ban. 

She told CBC Monday she didn't feel like 90 days in jail was enough time. 

'I feel unsafe by myself'

"Ninety days is nothing considering the emotional damage caused as a result of this," she said, adding that her life feels like it will be forever changed.

"I'm nervous around men and in crowds. I feel unsafe by myself too."

Bhurjee represented himself in P.E.I. Provincial Court Monday.

He was originally scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 7 so that a probation officer could prepare a pre-sentence report.

However, court heard Monday that Bhurjee didn't want to participate in that process so the judge moved the sentencing up.

In addition to the 90 days in jail, Bhurjee received two years probation and his name has been added to the national sex offender registry and his DNA will be added to the national databank. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sally Pitt

Producer

Sally Pitt is a producer with CBC and has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years in online, TV, radio and print. She specializes in justice issues and also works with the CBC Atlantic Investigative Unit. You can reach her at sally.pitt@cbc.ca.

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