Sunday 20 October 2019

Taxi driver left blind in one eye after cab attack in late-night assault

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Ken Foy and Ryan Nugent

A Dublin taxi driver was blinded in one eye after a passenger slammed a door into his face in a horrifying assault.

The attack on the man in his 60s took place a week before Christmas near St Stephen's Green.

The incident occurred after the driver, who is from Finglas, picked up the passenger at 2.30am at the rank on St Stephen's Green North on Monday, December 18.

It's understood the man asked to be taken to Stillorgan, but became disruptive and the driver stopped on the right-hand side of Baggot Street across from the Allied Irish Bank.

The man continued to argue with the driver and struck the door of the cab.

While attempting to get out of the vehicle, the taxi driver was struck in the face by the car door, causing serious injuries and leaving him without sight in one of his eyes.

"We know from investigations that the man walked along Ely Place and back to St Stephen's Green East towards Earlsfort Terrace, St Stephen's Green South and Leeson Street.

"He may have got another taxi in that area," a Garda spokesman said.

"The suspected offender is described as 25 to 30 years, 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in, with short hair with a casual jacket and shirt.

"The man had a Dublin accent," he added.

Gardaí are asking for any driver in the area who may have dash-cam footage of the incident or part of the incident in and around the Baggot Street area to come forward.

They are further appealing to taxi drivers who may have been working in the area and picked up a fare around this time, similar to the described person, to come forward.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Tony Rowe of the National Transport Assembly Committee said there had been a number of cases where taxi drivers had been assaulted or robbed and not come forward in recent weeks.

Mr Rowe wants the names of drivers to be removed and replaced by a serial number instead to protect their identity.

"Security for drivers can be beefed up by putting a number on the taxi licence, not a name."

Irish Independent

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