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COVID-POSITIVE SCOTS CABBIE CONTINUED PICKING UP FARES INCLUDING CARE WORKERS, PATIENTS & PENSIONERS


A taxi driver put the lives of his passen- gers at risk by picking up fares despite testing positive for Covid-19. Gordon Leadbetter accepted fares from pensioners including a 91-year-old woman, an 82-year-old man and care home workers after testing positive last December. Leadbetter, 59, also ferried desperately ill passengers to and from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary who were attending for dialysis treatment while failing to wear a protective mask. The cabbie tested positive the day after his wife tested positive for coronavirus and had been rushed into hospital for urgent treatment. Leadbetter, from Musselburgh, East Lothian, was caught out after a neighbour heard of his positive test result and phoned his employers to air


their concerns. He was suspended from the Edinburgh taxi company following a board meet- ing on December 26 last year and was subsequently arrested and charged by police two weeks later. Leadbetter pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly accepting vulnerable passengers into his taxi between December 17 and 26 last year when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month. He was back in the dock for sentencing in July where Sheriff Chris Dickson said he had carried out “a very serious offence” and had put “a number of patients at risk.” Leadbetter was spared a jail term and instead was placed on a 12-month supervision order and told he must complete 200 hours of unpaid work.


He will also be electronically tagged and must stay within his home for the next eight months between the hours of 9pm and 5am. Prosecutor Debbie King told the court Leadbetter was a self-employed taxi driver who drove a seven-seater black Ford Transit Pro-Cab. Ms King said there was ‘potential threat to the most vulnerable areas of society’ while he continued to work and had accepted 52 jobs between being tested and suspended. Solicitor Victoria Good, defending said her client had worked as a taxi driver for 18 years and had been ‘struggling financially’ in the run up to Christmas. Ms Good said Leadbetter had displayed ‘no symptoms’ and had ‘stupidly’ decided to carry on working despite the positive test result.


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