A taxi driver has had his licence revoked after threatening to “chop his daughter’s legs up” and “boil her head in a pan”.

Hambleton Council’s licensing and appeals panel heard problems began when the driver’s daughter moved out of the family home to live with a friend in the house opposite.

But after hearing how harassment of his daughter led to a caution, the panel agreed he wasn’t a “fit and proper person” to have a hackney carriage and private hire driver licence.

The driver, referred to only as “D” in minutes of the panel meeting, tried to contact his daughter 64 times, usually leaving voicemail messages.

In one of those messages, he threatened to chop her legs off and boil her head in a pan – a message he claimed was “banter.”

The hearing was also told that a day after he had been told not to visit his daughter, he removed her bed from her bedroom and broke it into pieces – in view of the house opposite in which she was living. He claimed the bed was already broken.

The panel noted that D’s daughter told police she thought some of the messages were “a bit silly” but they had scared her and she felt harassed.

And it concluded the nature of the comments, and threats to D’s daughter at a time of family pressure, could not reasonably be regarded as “banter” and would be “likely to provoke fear and concern”.

In October 2012, D’s licence was revoked for carrying too many passengers, driving dangerously and conducting himself “in an inappropriate manner” but it was later reinstated on appeal. And in October 2014, he was issued with a written warning “in respect of his conduct.”

D told the September 26 hearing he had been concerned for his daughter’s safety and that he intended to appeal the caution. He also produced a translated letter from a psychiatrist registered in Turkey, dated 19th September 2018, which appeared to state he was suffering with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

But confirming his licence revocation, the licensing panel report noted: “In light of historic and current concerns, the panel concluded that D had demonstrated a propensity to behave in an aggressive and confrontational manner and that this was not the behaviour of a fit and proper person.”

Any sanction less than revocation, it added, would be “insufficient in the interests of public safety.”

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