"Taxi? I'm XFJ, your insane psycho-killer who can't be named…"

Killer cabbie on our roads, but law stops us naming him

A Victorian tribunal gives an African refugee a(nother) chance:

Fiona Hudson/Herald Sun

AN insane killer who stabbed his wife to death has won the right to drive a taxi but passengers are not allowed to know his identity.

A tribunal granted the man taxi accreditation despite pleas from Victoria’s Director of Public Transport to ban him from the roads.

A Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal order prevents Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun revealing the name of the driver, known only as ‘XFJ’.

*   Looks like our minders and activist judges know best what’s good for us. Fits in with Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon’s policy of not acknowledging a problem, I guess. But I wonder whether helping one unfortunate murderer actually hurts the interests of many hundreds of taxi drivers – and especially those of them that are African, too.

Update: A BBC radio presenter who asked a taxi firm not to send a Asian driver has been sacked. Sam Mason made the comments while ordering a taxi for her 14-year-old daughter who she said would be “freaked out” by a turban-wearing driver.

VCAT deputy president Michael Macnamara said in his decision that XFJ’s violent history raised a significant safety issue for taxi passengers.

But he ruled the killer could get behind the wheel.

The tribunal heard XFJ, an African refugee, repeatedly knifed his new wife in the head and stomach in a frenzied attack in 1990.

Deeply depressed, he tried to hang himself – but failed when a tree branch broke.

A jury acquitted him of murder on the ground of insanity.

He was detained in a psychiatric institution until his release under supervision about 10 years ago.

The tribunal heard he wants work as a cab driver so he can have more flexibility to care for his young son, who is battling leukemia.

Lawyers for the Director of Public Transport raised the risk of a recurrence of the major depressive disorder that underpinned XFJ’s earlier violence. 

The stress of dealing with intoxicated or angry passengers might also affect XFJ’s mental state, the tribunal heard. 

But Mr Macnamara ruled the “apparently blameless life” XFJ had lived since 1990 should outweigh any unease taxi passengers would feel about his violent history. 

“I accept that the ordinary man in the street would probably say, ‘I would prefer not to have as a taxi driver somebody who has killed in whatever circumstances’,” he said. 

“On the other hand, the decision that I have to make must be based upon more than mere prejudice. In my view XFJ has established that he is suitable in the relevant respects.” 

The Director of Public Transport had twice refused to grant XFJ accreditation before the appeal reached VCAT in October. 

The case is one of the first tests of new state government laws intended to weed out rogue cabbies. 

Convicted murderers are automatically refused driver accreditation under the new laws. 

But because XFJ escaped a murder charge with a plea of insanity, 

he remained eligible for consideration. 

The tribunal heard XFJ had lived in the community for 10 years and was in good psychiatric health without medication. 

Two consultant psychiatrists gave “emphatically favourable” evidence, although one conceded XFJ faced a lifetime of vulnerability to depression. 

Deputy president Mr Macnamara noted in his decision, published on November 21, that XFJ’s violent outburst in 1990 was directed at a family member. 

“This is a significantly different event from violence directed indiscriminately to strangers, or relative strangers, which passengers in a taxicab would be,” he said. 

A spokeswoman for the regulator, the Victorian Taxi Directorate, last night could not say whether the Government would appeal against the VCAT decision

4 thoughts on “"Taxi? I'm XFJ, your insane psycho-killer who can't be named…"”

  1. I believe ‘XFJ’ should not have won the right to drive a taxi, after all this.
    It has been 18 years since he repeatedly stabbed his wifeto death in the head and back, he has been dealt with depression, clearly tried to suicide, but the only thing on my mind which suggests he does not go to jail, and is allowed to drive a cab, is his son.
    Its ridiculous. I mean, if his identity happens to spill the beans, id hate to think what would happen next..

  2. What on earth was that verbal stream of consciousness you just spouted supposed to mean Daniel? This guy brutally killed his wife and was declared insane which is the only way he escaped the chop. What on earth has his son got to do with this and anyway he had his son before he killed his wife so that would make him at the very least 19 years old now not a child.

  3. This guy kills his wife, then throws himself at the mercy of the judge, claiming that he is the sole carer of his son. That’s called chutzpah!

    And the judge who granted him mercy – that’s called idiocy!
    Maybe the judge should be declared criminally insane. What if this guy becomes a taxi driver and has to take e.g. a Jew, to the airport. He’s going to be very “vulnerable” to a desire to kill the Jew, especially as his religion instructs him to do so at any rate.

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