KNIFE THUG PROBED ON TAXI DEATH
A VICIOUS brute is being probed over a street slaying that occurred in the period between two knife attacks in which he nearly killed two men.
The Herald Sun can reveal John Samuel Thackray has been spoken to by detectives over the murder of taxi driver Mohamud Muketar at Fitzroy.
Police were drawn to Thackray due to the savage and unprovoked nature of the three knife attacks.
Mr Muketar’s death came in the six months between knife attacks by Thackray in South Yarra.
Thackray has a long history of violent crime, including bashing a man who defended a child from his abuse, trying to abduct a woman, beating a cellmate and attacking two bus drivers and a truckie.
“He is a danger to everyone he comes into contact with,” detective Sen-Constable Shane Neville said in a bail hearing for Thackray last year.
In the first attack on March 18 last year, the homeless Thackray repeatedly plunged his knife into John Anderson at South Yarra, penetrating his heart with one strike.
On April 20, Mr Muketar was senselessly murdered by a man who crossed Napier St and stabbed his upper body repeatedly. Nothing was stolen.
In August of that year, Thackray struck again at South Yarra, inflicting deep wounds to the face, arms, legs and chest of Shaun Foo. Both men attacked in South Yarra were able to survive severe blood loss.
Mr Muketar, whose family fled war-torn Somalia, had worked as a taxi driver since 2005, sharing shifts with his father. On the night of his death, he knocked off at 11.30pm and parked his car in Condell St to start a short walk home. As he turned into Napier St, the knifeman approached and inflicted horrific wounds in a sustained onslaught.
There is nothing to connect Thackray to the killing and police are understood to be reluctant to exclude the possibility someone else is responsible. Victoria Police declined to comment on Mr Thackray but said the investigation was ongoing.
“Homicide Squad investigators have spoken to a man as part of their investigation, however at this time are unable link him to Mohamud’s murder,” a spokeswoman said.
Investigators released vision of a cyclist and a white Toyota Yaris, which was seen passing through the Fitzroy Town Hall roundabout six times near the time of the killing. firstname.lastname@example.org Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.vic.gov.au