Man who scared Mandurah taxi driver to death jailed

A man who held a Mandurah taxi driver captive while high on meth and armed with a knife has been jailed for 12 years.

A man who held a Mandurah taxi driver captive while high on meth and armed with a knife has been jailed for 12 years.

Lindsay Ferguson, 67, died after suffering a heart attack which doctors say was prompted by a terrifying ordeal in April 2013.

Grant Lindon Collard, 48, was originally convicted of murder and sentenced to 17 years for killing Mr Ferguson, but that conviction was quashed on appeal and he has since pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

On Tuesday, he was sentenced to jail again in the WA Supreme Court.

The court heard Mr Collard jumped into Mr Ferguson’s taxi before producing a knife and stabbing the seat dashboard and gear stick.

He also injected drugs while in the taxi, spat and flicked a cigarette at Mr Ferguson and smashed his two-way radio.

Mr Ferguson tried to escape the taxi, but Mr Collard prevented him from leaving, holding him captive for 30-minutes.

The taxi driver, who was well known in Mandurah for his assistance of disabled passengers, suffered a heart attack during the ordeal before crashing into a truck.

Paramedics could not revive Mr Ferguson.

Collard was also convicted of holding two women hostage at a Mandurah business near where the taxi crashed, demanding a lift home.

He will be eligible for parole in 10 years.

 

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