A Nigerian taxi driver based in Ireland has been video racially and physically abused by a passenger.
According to DailyMail UK, the passenger was seen in the video released by Derek Devoy, who established Taxi Watch, a suicide prevention service run by his taxi drivers shared the shocking footage in a bid to identify the man, who is now believed to hail from Kerry, in south west Ireland.
The driver was punched several times by the passenger claiming to be a police officer.
The Easter Sunday attack started when the two were riding in the taxi in Dublin, Ireland and the drunk passenger asked the driver, what his favourite position was.
He said he didn’t understand the question and suddenly the passenger flew off the handle, calling him a ‘n*****’ in an attack that shocked Ireland and further afield.
The driver, Samuel Johnson, who lives in the Blanchardstown area of Ireland’s capital, has since spoken out saying he ‘didn’t know what to think’ after the passenger grabbed hold of his steering wheel and falsely claimed to be a police officer.
The attack only ended when the suspect, seemingly in an attempt to fight with the driver, jumped out of the taxi and requested that the driver follow him. Mr Johnson drove off without being paid.
He told The Star: ‘I didn’t know what was going on. I tried to defend myself, hide my eyes, my face, my head.’As a taxi driver we are not allowed to retaliate so I tried to protect myself.
‘Mr Johnson went straight home after the attack but said he’s now back at work.It has now been revealed that the suspect handed himself into Irish police after a friend sent him a video of his behaviour after CCTV dash cam footage went viral.
Derek Devoy, who established Taxi Watch, a suicide prevention service run by his taxi drivers shared the shocking footage in a bid to identify the man, who is now believed to hail from Kerry, in south west Ireland.
The man contacted Mr Devoy who accompanied him to Malahide Garda station. The suspect made a statement.Mr Devoy told the Irish Mirror that if the man doesn’t ‘get made an example out of’, it would be a ‘kick in the teeth.
‘He added: ‘I was sad for the fella [taxi driver] and I thought this f***er should be caught.’Not one person identified him, nobody acknowledged who he was.
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Then he [the passenger] contacted me and said he woke up last Saturday morning and someone had sent him the video, a friend of his.’He said he remembers bits of it, but he didn’t know how bad it was. And he can’t even stomach to look at the video, he’s absolutely disgusted with himself and very embarrassed.
‘Gardi confirmed they have spoken to the man and have asked any other possible witnesses to come forward.