Tarantino-esque chase ends in guilty plea
Published On Mon, 14 May 2012
Trevor Edwards pleaded guilty in Newmarket court Monday to a dozen charges, including extortion, unlawful confinement, obstructing a police officer and assault.
Trevor Samuel Edwards’ life was playing out like a Quentin Tarantino movie.
The Markham man was driving hard in July 2010, trying to catch up with his former lover, who had fled him at the wheel of his black C Class Mercedes.
Making her flight all the more troubling for Edwards, 42, was the fact that he had stashed $50,000 cash in a shoebox in the Mercedes’ trunk before she hit the road.
Edwards pleaded guilty in Newmarket court on Monday to a dozen charges, including extortion, unlawful confinement, obstructing a police officer and assault.
The plea deal was worked out by assistant Crown Attorney Michael Demczur and defence lawyer Leora Shemesh, but they could not agree on an appropriate sentence.
A sentencing hearing before Justice Peter West is set for June 28.
No family members were present in court and Edwards’s voice was barely audible as he repeatedly said the word, “guilty.”
A preliminary hearing was told that Edwards trained his former girlfriend to avoid police, with the threat that “his people would harm her and her family.”
Court also heard that he kept hunting down and assaulting the former stripper when she tried to leave him, including one occasion when he punched her in the face and left her unconscious by the side of a road.
“At one point, Trevor demanded that he be paid $10,000 to leave (the former girlfriend) alone and, if she did not pay, he would break her father’s arm,” according to an agreed statement of facts.
With the help of a new girlfriend, Edwards searched Niagara Falls gyms and tanning salons until he found her. He confined her in a Niagara Falls hotel room.
She had already discovered the $50,000 in the trunk of the Mercedes and invested it in the illegal drug trade.
“He threatened several times to kill (former girlfriend’s) mother if the money was not paid or the police became involved,” the agreed statement of facts says.
Eventually she escaped, after the couple went to Guelph in an attempt to get money from one of her friends.