A taxi driver has been left shocked and traumatised after a man hijacked his car in Mullingar during the early hours of Sunday morning before dumping it an hour later in nearby Edgeworthstown.
The incident took place in the Sherwood Park estate as the victim prepared to pick up a passenger at around 3am.
During the course of that exchange, the taxi driver was assaulted and pulled from the vehicle as his attacker sped off in what has been described by garda sources as a silver coloured people carrier.
“It happened as this man went to collect a call (passenger),” said a Garda spokesperson. “He was then removed from the vehicle.”
Alerted to the incident, gardai later found the car left abandoned outside St Mary’s Church in Edgeworthstown.
Despite no arrests having been made, Gardai confirmed on Monday that they are pursuing a definite line of inquiry.
Another aspect of the investigation is expected to centre on establishing a likely motive and why the car was found unoccupied 20 miles down the N4 in Edgeworthstown.
As such, gardai are hoping eye witnesses who may have spotted the taxi being driven between Mullingar and Edgeworthstown or parked outside the Longford town’s local church at around 4am on Sunday morning to contact them.
Details of last Sunday’s latest carjacking comes as gardai look to crack down on car related thefts involving taxis.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Mullingar Garda Station at (044) 9384000.