Police continue to appeal for witnesses to taximan’s terrifying ordeal

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Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to a terrifying ordeal suffered by a Derry taxi driver who was showered with glass when the window of his car was smashed while he was working last Saturday night.

An investigating officer with the PSNI at Strand Road, a Sergeant Sweeney, said: “The taxi, a silver coloured Citroen Xsara, was travelling along the Northland Road at around 11.30pm on Saturday when it was approached by a male who jumped onto the bonnet of the car and then smashed the driver’s side window with his fist.

“He is described as being aged in his 20s, of slim build with dark hair. Following the incident, the male made off on foot in the direction of the Glen Road with several others.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information which could assist with our enquiries to contact police at Strand Road on 101 quoting reference number 1622 05/08/17.

“Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Following the incident the taximan’s daughter Nakita Han, who is currently working as an editorial assistant with Global News in Canada, said he was lucky not to have been killed.

“My father, a well respected taxi driver was ruthlessly attacked on Saturday, August 5, at 11.20pm on Northland Road in the Springtown area, near the Glen estate,” she said.

“This scumbag not only stopped his car but climbed onto his bonnet,” she added.

She said the driver’s side window was smashed during the incident and her father showered with glass before his attackers escaped on foot.

In video of the incident, captured from the taxi’s dashboard camera, Ms. Han’s father can be heard pleading with his assailant, ‘No please, go home, you’re on the video,’ immediately before the sound of the window coming in explodes.

Ms. Han said it was not the first time her father’s been attacked during the course of his work.

“He has experienced racist attacks in the past and was beaten and cut and police never ever found the men who did it,” she said.

“He is lucky he wasn’t killed,” she added, in relation to the incident on Saturday.