Taxi driver assaulted

A TAXI driver was the victim a vicious attack on Sunday evening that has left him suffering nightmares and afraid to return to work.

A TAXI driver was the victim a vicious attack on Sunday evening that has left him suffering nightmares and afraid to return to work.

The taxi driver who didn’t want his name mentioned told the Kilkenny People that he feared for his life during the assault that left him needing to have his head glued back together in St Lukes hospital.

A dispatcher had asked the taxi driver to pick up a fare from a city centre pub and drop them off in the Hebron area of town. During the drive a dispute broke out with the couple in the rear of the taxi and the driver, who was eager to quickly drop them off and get more fares as it was one of the busiest nights of the year. The taxi stopped opposite the Barracks on Ballybought sreet. A third man who wasn’t in the taxi became involved in the dispute.

The taxi driver was struck in the face through the window and then the man in the rear of the car started to smash the taxi driver over the head repeatedly with a full can. The taxi driver crawled out of the taxi and started screaming and shouting. While he was on the ground the man in the rear of the taxi climbed out and got into the driver seat. The taxi driver tried to stop him from robbing his car but it was in vain. He heard the wheels spin and the car was gone.

The next day the taxi was recovered from Hebron. Nothing had been taken from the car except for a single coin holder. After Gardai carried out forensic tests the taxi was returned to the owner.

The Gardai are appealling to anybody who might have witnessed the incident to contact them on 056-7722222