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Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

Garda: File photo

A 49-year-old taxi driver was stabbed in the face during a shocking robbery on the capital's northside in the early hours of yesterday.

It happened shortly after 4am when the driver picked up a young woman close to the Northside Shopping Centre in Coolock after she had flagged him down.

The woman asked to be taken to the nearby Cromcastle flats complex where she said she wanted to collect a friend.

However, when the taxi arrived at the location, the driver was approached by a man who stormed out of the flats armed with scissors and wearing a balaclava.

He demanded the driver's car keys and cash and a struggle ensued between the two men.

The woman managed to flee the area, but in the course of the incident the driver, who is based in Virginia, Co Cavan, was stabbed twice in the face and suffered wounds to his chin and jaw.

The attacker escaped with the car keys and a small sum of cash but left the silver Toyota Avensis.

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The driver, who lost a considerable amount of blood at the scene, was able to call the emergency services and gardai from Coolock sped to the scene.

The suspect is described as short and skinny and was wearing a navy tracksuit.

The woman who initially flagged down the taxi was described as having long brown hair and was wearing tight jeans. No arrests had been made by last night.

The incident is the latest violent attack against taxi operators in the capital this year.

They include an incident in Tallaght last month in which a driver was attacked with a Taser.

In September, a 15-year-old boy accused of holding a meat cleaver to a driver's throat during a car-jacking in Dublin pleaded guilty when he appeared in court.

Gardai arrested the teenager, who cannot be named because he is a minor, after the 36-year-old taxi driver was left traumatised following the robbery when his BMW was seized in Terenure in the early hours of May 18.

It was driven across the city until it collided with another taxi in Cabra.

kfoy@herald.ie


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