Second man arrested after taxi hijack

Sue Doherty

Reporter:

Sue Doherty

A second man has been arrested following an assault on a taxi driver on the outskirts of Letterkenny.

A second man has been arrested following an assault on a taxi driver on the outskirts of Letterkenny.

Two men threatened and assaulted a taxi driver before making off with his vehicle at approximately 5.45am on Sunday.

A garda spokesperson said the two men were passengers in the taxi and had asked to be taken to Lifford.

The incident took place at Galdonagh, on the Letterkenny to Lifford road, about four miles south of the Manorcunningham roundabout.

One man was arrested at around 1.30pm on Sunday and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station for questioning.

The burnt out taxi was found in Lifford about an hour later.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that the driver, who is in his 40s, was treated for shock but was otherwise unharmed.

The first man arrested, aged in his 20s, has since been released.

The second arrest was made at lunchtime yesterday and the man, who is also in his 20s, was still in custody at the time of going to print.

Gardaí are appealing to the public for information.

“If anyone saw anything unusual between 5.30am and 6am on the road between the Letterkenny and Lifford, we would ask them to contact us at 916 7100.”

Local taxi driver, Pauric Keogh, said he was “totally shocked” to hear of the incident. He added: “I suppose it’s one of the hazards of the job for taxi drivers, especially when they are working at night and get customers who are going further out of town. Luckily enough, these kinds of incidents are pretty isolated. You just hope it’s not going to happen to you. Drivers will certainly be more cautious about the kind of passengers they take into the car in the future, especially if they are being asked to go out of town.”