Wednesday 22 November 2017

Terror ordeal of taxi driver

Man robbed at knifepoint and threatened with sexual assault

Anne Campbell

A Dundalk taxi driver is recovering after he was threatened at knifepoint in an early-morning robbery by two men who ordered him to drive to Cullyhanna in South Armagh while telling him he was going to be sexually assaulted by them.

The terrifying incident started at around 12.15 a.m. last Tuesday when the driver, 44, went to pick up the two men in his Skoda Octavia on Park Street following a call to the Sevens cab office.

They initially told him to go to Cox's Demesne but then paid him upfront to take them to Cullyhanna. On the way out the Armagh Road, the men produced a knife and a screwdriver and threatened that he would be sexually assaulted when he arrived in South Armagh.

As he begged them not to assault him, the driver stopped on the road and a passing car slowed down and looked towards the vehicle before driving off.

The men stole a small amount of money from the driver, before getting out of the car. The taxi driver sped off back towards Dundalk and reported the incident to Gardai.

Officers moved quickly to secure CCTV from Park Street and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them at 042 9388400.

Irish Independent

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