Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Taxi driver murderer jailed

A man who murdered a Melbourne taxi driver during a violent rampage two years ago has been sentenced to 17-and-a-half years jail.

The Supreme Court heard 23-year-old Eyubb Zaim showed a reckless disregard for human life when he killed 27-year-old taxi driver Rajneesh Joga in August 2006.

Zaim was intoxicated with drugs during a police chase at Donvale, when he abandoned his car and hailed the taxi.

He tried to push Mr Joga out of the drivers seat.

Mr Joga was hanging off the taxi when he was crushed to death against a tree.

In sentencing, Justice David Harper said taxi drivers are more exposed to danger than most and the sentence must deter others from harming them.

Zaim will serve a minimum term of 14-and-a-half years.

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