Friday 26 December 2014

Taximan 'feared he would die' in attack

Published 22/01/2013 | 05:00

A DUBLIN taxi driver has revealed how he feared he was going to die when he was attacked at knifepoint in his car.

Michael Day said that he was working in Dublin's city centre between Saturday night and Sunday morning at the time of the incident.

"I picked up a fare as you would on Dawson Street, two men; one guy got in the back, the other guy got in the front," he explained.

After driving a couple of hundred yards, Mr Day said he repeatedly asked the man in the front seat to put on his seatbelt.

Knife

"He did and then he took it back off again and he produced a knife and stuck it into my ribcage," he said.

He said that the second man wrapped a seatbelt around his neck, pinned his head to the headrest and demanded that he take them to Ringsend.

Mr Day said that the man in the back looked "deranged" and that both men were striking him as he drove the car.

He was forced to drive through red lights and said he drove towards a speed camera at high speed to try and raise attention.

"I genuinely thought I was going to die," he said.

Horrific

"I had a grand-daughter who was born on Saturday and all this stuff was going through my mind, 'I'm never going to see her'. It was quite horrific," Mr Day told RTE's 'Liveline'.

He eventually stopped the car and fought with the men before they ran away but not before they ripped his pocket and stole €100.

He said that no one came to his assistance when he managed to get out.

He then drove to a petrol station and contacted gardai.

"Nobody stopped for me, nobody at all, I was on my own," he said.

Mr Day commended gardai from Donnybrook station and said that they treated him in a very courteous manner.

Irish Independent

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