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Monday 25 September 2017

Knife terror taxi driver 'scared to get back in cab'

Mr Adedeji was robbed
Mr Adedeji was robbed

A taxi driver who was slashed on the hand and had a knife put to his throat has said he is afraid to go back to work.

Adeniya Adedeji (43) was set upon in a terrifying attack in an estate in Newbridge, Kildare, at around midnight on Tuesday.

His iPhone 6 Plus was stolen along with €75 in cash.

"I was waiting at the taxi rank. It was a very quiet night and this guy got into the back and said 'take me to High Street'," said Mr Adedeji.

"I drove into the estate and he asked me to pull in, and suddenly he brought out a knife and put it to my neck.

"He was swearing and shouting 'give me your money'."

The Nigerian national said the man shouted racial slurs and slit his hand, to "show he was not kidding".

Dangerous

He said it would be "scary" to go back to work now.

"It was terrifying - this is the first time this thing is happening to me," he said.

Mr Adedeji, who lives in Kildare town, said the majority of people he had driven were very kind and friendly, but admitted he sometimes experienced racism.

The robber is described as being 5ft 10in tall and of average build. He got in the taxi on Main Street in Newbridge.

Mr Adedeji's phone was fitted with the Find My Phone app, which track the device's movements.

After stealing the iPhone, the thief travelled to a neighbouring village from Newbridge, and yesterday travelled from Newbridge back to Athgarvan, according to the app. The tracker was disabled at noon yesterday.

A gardai spokesperson told the Herald: "Gardai at Newbridge are investigating an incident in which a taxi driver was robbed of a sum of money and a smartphone."

Newbridge Taxi Association chairman Noel Powell called for CCTV on taxi ranks.

"There's a lot of trepidation because taxi drivers don't realise how dangerous the night is going to be," he said.

"There's a few guys who have got into fisticuffs with people and have gone to garda stations - it an ongoing thing.

"I do believe that if there was cameras put up there the guys would think completely differently because they realise they're being recorded getting into the car."

Mr Powell said that, after a few drinks, there were people that would take advantage of a lone taxi driver on a rank, especially if they were foreign.

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