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I feared he was going to kill me, says cabbie
8:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A THUG strangled a taxi driver while he was behind the wheel in a terrifying attack which left the victim fearing for his life.
The driver, a father-of-two, picked up four passengers at a taxi rank in Worcester and was set upon as he drove towards Pershore.
A man sitting directly behind him leant over and gripped him around the neck, choking him until he blacked out.
It left the driver, 39, who lives in Worcester, with a damaged windpipe and unable to speak properly.
The group, three men and one woman, paid their fare in full before the attack at about 3.45am on Tuesday, July 30.
The driver, who is too scared to be named, said: “I’ve been a driver for nine years and nothing like this has happened before.
“The guy behind me sat forward and put both his hands around my neck. I was still driving at the time and I felt helpless.
The man carried on squeezing my neck tighter, I could hardly breathe.”
He pulled the car over on the B4084, Worcester Road, near the junction for Station Road, saying the other passengers were “screaming” at the attacker to loosen his grip as he blacked out.
As he came around, the gang were stood nearby and the woman approached him to ask if he was okay and apologised.
“He probably held me for two minutes – I really felt he was going to kill me,” he said.
“If he had held my neck for a further 10 seconds I really believe he would have killed me with the amount of force he was using.”
The driver went to Worcestershire Royal Hospital and is now recovering from a damaged windpipe at home.
The customers were all white and in their 20s. One man was 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with short dark hair, clean shaven, and wearing a T-shirt and jeans.
The other two men were both of medium build. One had short hair and the other thick hair on top.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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