Taxi driver stabbed 30 times in face and neck
Taxi drivers are being warned to be vigilant as two men who viciously attacked an elderly cabby remain at large.
The victim, aged in his 70s, was robbed and repeatedly stabbed in the early hours of this morning in Athlone, Co Westmeath.
He sustained 30 puncture marks to the neck and face and also received injuries to his hands.
The ordeal took place at around 1.30am this morning, after he picked up two young men at the taxi rank in Dublingate Street, reports the Westmeath Independent.
Reports indicate that the men produced knives and demanded the driver hand over cash.
The driver attempted to use the car’s intercom system, but he was stabbed in the hand before having a seat belt tied around his neck from behind.
While demanding the cash the youths repeatedly poked the driver with blades, causing numerous puncture wounds.
The two men took his entire takings as well as his watch before making their getaway.
The driver managed to raise the alarm and he was rushed to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe where he was treated for injuries to his face, neck and hands.
The injuries are not said to be life threatening.
His bloodied taxi was taken by gardai for forensic analysis and a spokesperson for the taxi company has warned other taxi drivers to be on the alert.
Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything on Church Street or on Bloomfield Drive that may help them in their investigation, to contact them at Athlone Garda Station on 090 64 92609.