Taxi driver assaulted with screwdriver

A LIMERICK taximan is recovering in hospital after being brutally assaulted by a man and woman who dumped him on the side of a country road late at night before making off in his taxi.

Kieran Canty, was said to be in a stable condition at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital. He is being treated for injuries which include two screwdriver stab wounds to the upper body.

Mr Canty, who lives in Caherdavin, was working in Limerick city centre when he was flagged down by a man and woman at around 3am in O’Connell Street.

They asked to be taken to Croagh, about 13 miles from the city, on the N21.

When they got to Adamswood, Croagh, the pair began a frenzied assault on Mr Canty. They demanded his takings and forced him from the taxi.

After leaving him on the side of the road, with serious injuries and bleeding heavily the two drove off in his navy coloured Mercedes.

Mr Canty, who served on the Limerick Taxi Association committee for a number of years, raised the alarm after struggling to a house nearby.

“This incident brings it home the danger we can encounter,” Philip Hayes, a friend and long-time colleague said. Gardaí at Askeaton are investigating.


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