Taxi driver murder conviction overturned

Deceased taxi driver Lindsay Ferguson with wife Valerie.
Deceased taxi driver Lindsay Ferguson with wife Valerie.

A DRUG-affected man who entered a taxi, held up the driver with a knife and allegedly “scared him to death” has had his murder conviction overturned.

Grant Lindon Collard (49) was found guilty at a trial in 2015 of the murder of taxi driver Lindsay Ferguson (67) in 2013.

He was sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 17 years.

Police claimed Collard was drug-affected when he got into Mr Ferguson’s taxi in 2013 and allegedly threatened him with a knife.

Mr Ferguson’s taxi crashed at the intersection of Rouse and Mandurah Roads.

He had no serious injuries but died of a heart attack due to an undiagnosed heart problem.

Collard’s three companions called 000 before they fled.

Collard will next appear in court on August 18 for a status conference. It is expected that another trial date will be set.

At his trial, on January 19, 2015, jurors found Collard guilty of three charges, including murder and kidnapping.

The kidnapping charges relate to Mr Ferguson and two women who were held hostage at a Mandurah business.

Collard was originally charged with aggravated assault. However, the charges were upgraded to murder as police alleged the assault led to Mr Ferguson’s death.

Collard remains in custody.