Drunken youths beat taxi driver, go for a joy ride

A SIXTY-two-year-old taxi driver was left beaten and on the side of the road after he was carjacked by three young men in July last year.

Edin Sabanovic, 19, Mohamed Abdirizak, 20, and Shaun Daryl Tetau, 18, drove the car 40km from Woodridge, where they stole it, before it was stopped by a police spike strip at Willowbank.

Sabanovic yesterday pleaded guilty at the Ipswich District Court to unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, assault, and assault occasioning bodily harm.

Abdirizak pleaded guilty on Thursday to unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, assault and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The court heard that in the early hours of July 8 the three had been drinking heavily and attempted to catch a taxi to get home.

When it arrived, Sabanovic walked to the front passenger door to confirm the booking while Tetau and Abdirizak opened the driver's door. They swore at the driver and dragged him out of the car before Tetau punched him in the chest.

The three got in the car, with Tetau driving, and took the car on a joyride. The driver immediately called the police, who found the car and tried to intercept it. Tetau would not pull over, despite Abdirizak urging him to one occasion.

The three were identified as the occupants of the car on the taxi's CCTV, although Sabanovic disabled and damaged the camera. After a lengthy chase, the car was eventually stopped by police tyre shredders at Willowbank.

Tetau attempted to flee the scene before being caught on a barbed wire fence, while Abdirizak and Sabanovic were arrested at the scene.

The court heard the driver had not been able to work in a taxi since the attack.

"It was stupid behaviour. It was reprehensible behaviour," Judge Koppenol said.

Tetau, the primary offender, was sentenced in March in the Beenleigh District Court to two years' prison with a parole release date in July.

Sabanovic and Abdirizak were both sentenced to one year's prison and given immediate release on parole.



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