Friday 24 November 2017

Shot taxi driver has bullets ‘lodged in both legs’, says shocked wife

THE wife of innocent taxi driver James Boylan – who was shot in both legs following a row over a fare with two passengers – said she is in shock by the attack on her husband.

Speaking this morning, Christine Boylan said she doesn’t know what happened to her husband and father-of-two.

"I'm just in shock. I haven't been able to speak to him because the gardai have his phone and everything, but the bullets are lodged in his leg and I'm waiting for the hospital to call me," she told the Herald.

Her husband has been driving a taxi for around ten years.

Today the 59-year-old was recovering in hospital after last night’s shooting.

The taxi driver, from Dublin 7, had picked up two passengers in Dublin city centre who asked to go to west Dublin, but it is believed the passengers and Mr Boylan had a row in the car somewhere near Finglas.

Gardai at the scene of the shooting at Dunsoughly Ave, Finglas tonight
Gardai at the scene of the shooting at Dunsoughly Ave, Finglas tonight
Taxi driver James Boylan was attacked in a housing estate.
A garda searches for evidence at Dunsoughly Ave, Finglas last night
Gardai carrying out their investigation in Finglas last night
Gardai investigating at the scene of the shooting
Gardai carrying out their investigations close to the scene of the shooting
A garda in Finglas following the shooting
Gardai comb the area in Finglas after the shooting last night
Gardai at the shooting scene in Finglas

The taxi driver pulled in to the Dunsoughly Drive estate just off the Ratoath Road at around 8.30pm and was getting out of the car when it is reported that one of the passengers shot him at close range in both legs.

Mr Boylan fell to the ground as the two passengers ran from the estate.

Gardai and an ambulance were quickly on the scene and the injured driver was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where his injuries were described as not life threatening.

Gardai say he was shot with a handgun, believed to be a .22 calibre weapon.

Neighbours described the chaos after the shooting and said they were shocked that such violence could happen in their quiet cul de sac.

"I just heard two bangs, more like loud cracks, in quick succession, but I thought it was kids with leftover bangers from Halloween," one Dunsoughly Drive resident told the Herald.

"I didn't think much of it, but then there was a commotion and blue lights," he added.

"The road was sealed off and we didn't know at first what had happened, but then we heard a taxi man had been shot. It's just shocking," the man explained.

"We've never had an incident like it here, and now some man has been shot on our doorstep. It's just terrible," he added.

The assailants were armed with a handgun, and Gardai said that they were following a number of lines of inquiry.

The meter was still running on the black Toyota Avensis taxi as gardai began inquiries at the scene of the shooting last night.

No arrests have been made and no description of the attackers was available.

By Conor Feehan

Irish Independent

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