Sunday 24 February 2019

Taxi driver suffers serious head injuries after gang attack

Kilkenny Garda Station
Kilkenny Garda Station
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Gardaí are trawling CCTV in a bid to identify a group who carried out a vicious assault on a taxi driver in Kilkenny city centre.

The man - who is in his 40s - was hospitalised with serious head injuries.

The incident happened at around midnight on Monday in the John Street area.

It is understood he was working when a number of people started kicking his taxi as they tried to flag him down.

He got out to see the damage and the group then attacked him.

He suffered a number of kicks to the head and was brought to St Luke's Hospital.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

The Irish Taxi Drivers' Federation says drivers are taking a risk every time they pick up someone, as they don't know who they are dealing with.

"Because of the nature of the job, it can be a real danger to taxi drivers," a spokesperson said.

"It is part and parcel of the job but most taxi drivers tend to try as far as they can to vet the person they're picking up. As you know, dangerous people don't always look like dangerous people.

"Attacks on drivers seem to come in cycles, and luckily the gardaí are usually very helpful."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kilkenny Garda Station on 0567775000.

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