Taxi driver hospitalised with serious head injuries after hi-jacking and assault in Dublin
A TAXI DRIVER has been hospitalised with serious head injuries after being assaulted during a hi-jacking in Dublin this morning.
The 59-year-old driver is being treated for serious head and facial injuries following the attack in the Crumlin area at around 12.30am.
Four people, two males and two females aged in their late teens and early 20s, are currently being quizzed in relation to the violent hi-jacking.
The taxi driver had dropped the group from the city centre to a property on Rutland Grove when he was suddenly set upon by the gang.
He was overpowered and badly beaten over the head before his phone and a sum of cash were taken.
Sources said the four-person gang then attempted to steal the taxi after forcing the driver from the car.
However, they failed to start the vehicle and eventually fled the area on foot.
Gardai were notified and units from Sundrive Road and Crumlin garda station responded to the scene.
Following a brief search four young people were arrested on Sundrive Road, a short distance from the scene of the violent hi-jacking.
The 59-year-old taxi driver was rushed to St James' Hospital by ambulance with serious head and facial injuries where he remains.
A garda spokesman said the four arrested people are held being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 for questioning at Sundrive Road, Crumlin and Rathmines Garda Stations.
"A scene of the incident and the taxi have been examined by scenes of crime officers and enquires are ongoing. The taxi driver is continuing to recover in hospital, his injuries are not thought to be life threatening," the spokesman said.
"Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information to contact Sundrive Road Garda Station on 01-6666600 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111," the spokesman added.
It is the latest assault on a taxi driver in the capital and comes just weeks following a racist assault on a driver last month.
At 10pm on April 21, the Easter Bank Holiday Sunday, a taxi driver was punched and racially abused in a shocking incident which was recorded and widely shared online.
The suspect in that case has since presented himself to gardai.