In another blow to the reputation of controversial US cab service Uber, the terrorist knife slasher at Leytonstone tube, who launched at unprovoked knife attack is an Uber driver, who had images and information relating to Syria on his phone.29 year old Muhaydin Mire is on an attempted murder charge after slashing a 56 year old man in the throat from behind, leaving such an awful 5 inch wound, the victim was in surgery for five hours.
Mire’s brother said he arrived from Somalia as a child at the age of 12, went to school in Camden, and at first was a good boy who loved football. Then he got in with the wrong crowd.
The Daily Mail reported: “He said that his brother developed mental health problems after smoking cannabis and said he began working as an Uber driver, before his health deteriorated once again. ‘He went a bit crazy, he was saying odd things,’ he said. ‘I explained to the family the situation, we tried to get him help, we tried to call the local authority.
‘They could not help him, they said he was not a harm to people and he was not a harm to himself. There was no mention of radicalisation”.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Mire’s family had serious concerns about his mental health three weeks earlier and wanted him committed under the Mental Health Act, because he was saying weird things and said he was seeing demons.
Mire’s brother said said that he developed mental health problems after smoking cannabis. “He was diagnosed by a doctor and treated in 2007 for paranoia and [treated] in hospital for three months.”
His past medical history was clearly no barrier to him being taken on as an Uber driver afterwards. Black cab drivers have to have medical checks and must produce regular medical reports. Someone with a history of mental illness like Muhaydin Mire, would never have been allowed to become a black cab driver, or continue if he developed mental problems.
There are growing concerns that since there is known to be laxity over Uber drivers’ criminal checks, terrorists might take jobs with Uber.