The owner of a taxi firm in Strabane has put up a reward after one of his drivers was viciously assaulted in an unprovoked attack.
At approximately 1.15 am this morning, the taximan lifted a fare in Strabane town and was instructed to take the fare to The Glebe area of Sion Mills.
On arrival at an address in The Glebe, the driver was viciously attacked by the male he was driving to this destination.
The horrifying outcome of this attack is plain for all to see.
Patrick McLaughlin of STreetcars said he is horrified by what happened to the driver who is known as Colm.
And he has offered a reward for anyone who knows who carried out the attack.
He said “The nature of attacks such as this and others have no place in our society. We work in a difficult industry at the best of times, and the financial gain is petty in return.
“Attacks such as this are no different to attacks on medical staff or emergency service providers.
“We work alone and too many times we are exposed to certain threats that remain between the driver and the fare.
“I personally have decided to put up a cash reward to anyone with information on this brutal attack.
“Although this happened at 1.15 am, it took place in a built-up area and I’m certain it was witnessed by someone in the park concerned. Any information submitted to me will be treated with anonymity.
“I wish to offer our driver a swift recovery and to relay to him that the thoughts of everyone in our firm, and indeed most people in our town are with him and his family at this difficult time.”