Tuesday 20 March 2018

Dublin woman allegedly assaulted by taxi driver

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A Dublin woman was allegedly assaulted by a taxi-driver on her way home from work.

Speaking to Independent.ie, the woman (who wishes to remain anonymous) said that the driver was acting "weird" during the short, ten-minute taxi ride from her work to her home.

"He kept asking me if I had been drinking... how much I drank.... I said I don't really drink. He seemed like he was trying to suss out how drunk I was," she said.

"He asked me where I went to the gym... kept saying he couldn't get a girlfriend... wanted a lovely girl like me.

"We stopped at traffic lights and he put his hand up my leg and started rubbing his hand upwards.

"He took my phone at one point... I was texting my roommate to come outside to meet me.... he grabbed my phone off me. It was really scary".

"When we arrived at my house, he started driving on up the street past my house.

"I started shouting at him until he stopped and ran inside".

The woman reported the incident to both the taxi company and to the Gardaí.

"They said that people who do things like this are likely to try it again... I hope he loses his licence," she said.

Furthermore, she later discovered her card has been charged almost double the fare.

"At least nothing bad happened but it did freak me out... very scary... I should have walked!"

The driver has been suspended pending investigation into the incident.

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