Euan Fraser on his holiday in Melbourne last year. Picture: SWNS/Mega
Euan Fraser on his holiday in Melbourne last year. Picture: SWNS/Mega

Conversation that made taxi driver snap

EUAN Fraser's night out in Melbourne almost cost him his life.

The 30-year-old former cage fighter from Dundee in Scotland was holidaying Down Under last year.

Inside a taxi on the way home to Aberfeldie, just north of the CBD, in the early hours of the morning on June 12, 2017, Mr Fraser and his driver started talking about religion.

Mr Fraser says what seemed like a casual chat enraged the driver to such an extent that he grabbed a weapon from his car, followed his passenger to the door and beat him almost to death with it.

His victim was left with bleeding on the brain, broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder and significant facial injuries - but the man responsible is still on the loose.

Mr Fraser's girlfriend Sharon Macrae told news.com.au her partner was "not doing great".

"The driver struck him from behind with a crowbar," she said. "(He) suffers bad PTSD and has recurring flashbacks and nightmares which means he hardly sleeps.

"It's a terrible shame and it breaks my heart."

Mr Fraser called an Uber to get from his home to hospital. Pictures taken shortly after the attack show his face bloodied. In the images, he wears a neck brace and a hospital gown and reportedly required several stitches.

UK-based newspaper The Scotsman reports Mr Fraser paid more than $AU7200 (£4000) for medical treatment but was reimbursed a percentage of that - about $AU4500 (£2500) in compensation by the Australian Government.

The conversation inside the cab before Mr Fraser was attacked involved him telling the taxi driver he was atheist. The driver, who Mr Fraser says is a Muslim, reportedly took offence.

"As I got out of the taxi I just heard footsteps behind me and heard a loud bang," Mr Fraser told local newspapers.

"Then I felt this immense pain in my head and I was knocked clean out."

Mr Fraser said the house was covered in blood and later "looked like a murder scene".

During his Mixed Martial Arts fighting days, Mr Fraser weighed 102kgs and fought in the UK's light heavyweight division. He described himself in one interview as "a real crowd pleaser".

Aberfeldie, where Mr Fraser was attacked, ranked 57 out of 351 Melbourne suburbs for liveability in 2015, according to Domain.

The suburb bordering Essendon has a relatively low crime rate but the City of Moonee Valley, which covers Aberfeldie, saw 614 assault related offences committed in 2017.

 

Euan Fraser and his girlfriend, Sharon Macrae. Euan suffered serious injuries when he was bashed in Melbourne last year.
Euan Fraser and his girlfriend, Sharon Macrae. Euan suffered serious injuries when he was bashed in Melbourne last year.

That figure was down this year to 510.

News.com.au approached Victoria Police for comment. In a statement, police said they are investigating.

"It is believed a man was standing outside his home address on Fawkner Street in the early hours of the morning when he was struck in the back of the head by an unknown offender," the statement said.

"The victim, 29-years-old at the time, sustained serious head injuries. The victim reported having a verbal altercation with a taxi driver prior to the incident.

"Investigators have not identified the offender at this stage and the investigation remains ongoing."

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au


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