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Thursday 23 May 2019

Suspect in taxi driver assault 'bring investigated for involvement in similar attack in recent weeks'

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Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

A taxi driver is in hospital with serious head injuries after being attacked by four people in a violent carjacking.

The victim, a 59-year-old man, was targeted after dropping the gang from the city centre to a house in south Dublin.

When the car arrived at Rutland Grove in Crumlin shortly after midnight, he was viciously attacked.

The gang beat him over the head and assaulted him until he was overpowered. The victim was then forced from the car.

As he lay seriously injured, the gang attempted to steal the taxi but failed to start the car. They then fled the scene on foot, making off with the victim's phone and a sum of cash.

Gardaí were notified and units from Sundrive Road and Crumlin garda stations responded.

Following a brief search, four young people were arrested on Sundrive Road, a short distance from the scene of the violent carjacking.

The gang, two males and two females in their late teens and early 20s, were last night being held at different garda stations across the capital.

Sources have revealed that one of the suspects, who is originally from the Clondalkin area, is also being investigated for involvement in a similar attack in recent weeks.

None of those arrested live in the area where the taxi dropped them and gardaí suspect it was a premeditated crime.

The taxi driver was rushed to St James's Hospital by ambulance with serious head and facial injuries and he remained there last night.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Daithí de Róiste, chair of the local joint policing committee, said more had to be done to protect taxi drivers.

"Incidents like this are on the rise and we must do more to protect taxi drivers.

"Every week I am hearing of attacks on them and it is simply disgraceful that people are getting away with this.

"My thoughts are with the driver and his family in his recovery but it is not good enough for all of us that this is allowed to continue.

"It will get to the stage where drivers will be reluctant to work and that affects everyone in our community as taxi drivers are relied on by all of us," Mr de Róiste said.

It is the latest assault on a taxi driver in the capital and comes just weeks after a video of a racist assault on a driver was shared online last month.

Irish Independent

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