Joy for carjacked taxi driver as wife gives birth for the fourth time
A Dublin taxi driver stabbed repeatedly by passengers in a horrific attack at the weekend was celebrating on Monday night after his wife gave birth.
Thomas Vayalil, who is in his mid-30s and originally from India, was subjected to a vicious and unprovoked attack and had his taxi stolen in Swords, Co Dublin, in the early hours of Saturday.
However his upset turned to joy on Monday when his wife Sneha gave birth to the couple's fourth child - a baby girl.
One friend told the Irish Daily Star: "Thomas and Sneha are exhausted but are delighted their little girl arrived safely."
The pal continued: Thomas is still in a lot of pain but is taking as much rest as he possibly can. His wife gave birth a little earlier than expected. He feels like the last few days have been a dream - he's still in shock from the attack."
The pal went on to say that Mr Vayalil is spending as much time in the hospital as possible.
Mr Vyalil picked up two men outside a busy fast-food restaurant at the Airside Retail Park about 3am on Saturday.
He then drove the two men just a short distance to a roundabout near the Pavilion Shopping Centre where he was assaulted and stabbed a number of times.
It is believed that he was stabbed six times in the neck, chest and stomach.
"The two guys were friendly at first and even gave him a deposit of €50 to take them to Drogheda, but then when they were on the dual carriageway and Thomas asked them the address they were going to he got suspicious of their behaviour," a close friend of the driver said.
"They got angry and started using bad language, and when he pulled over, the guy in the back held a knife to his throat and the man in the passenger seat started punching him."
The driver escaped from the car but the two men jumped out and stabbed him several times. "One of the wounds is 4 or 5cm deep and near his spleen," said his friend.
The two thugs then drove off in the taxi towards Balbriggan. The car was later found burnt out near Bellewstown, Co Meath. Mr Mathew was rushed to Beaumont Hospital by an ambulance but was later discharged.
"His wife is due to have their fourth baby today, it is a very difficult time for him right now with no car and the trauma of the attack," he said.