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'I'm lucky they didn't kill me' says taxi driver after vicious attack in Cork

Gardaí are searching for the two men who beat taxi man John Ford.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE TAXI DRIVER who was viciously assaulted by two passengers he picked up on Friday morning in Cork has said he is lucky that he wasn’t killed.

Speaking about the terrifying ordeal on the Neil Prendeville Show on Red FM radio station, John Ford said it all happened so fast.

Gardaí are searching for the two men Ford picked up on St Patrick’s Street at around 4.45am and who he drove to the Ballyvolane area.

Beating

He was held back by one passenger in the back seat while the second man in the passenger seat beat him repeatedly.

“… the guy in the front seat just kept punching and punching and punching,” said Ford, who added that he tried to stop them from taking his car keys, but he was then pulled out of the car by the men who continued beating him.

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“They wanted money,” said Ford, but he only had a small amount in his float, about €100, which the two men fled with.

Ford suffered a fractured eye socket in the attack.

“… luckily they didn’t kill me or hit me more,” concluded Ford.

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