Taxi driver Leo Gately was worried for his safety last Friday night.
Taxi driver Leo Gately was worried for his safety last Friday night. Chris Ison

Taxi driver had knife held to throat during armed robbery

Friday 8.45am: ROCKHAMPTON'S unluckiest cabbie Leo Gately had a knife held to his throat on Wednesday night and his night's takings stolen.

While driving along Dennison St at 10pm, Mr Gately's passenger produced a knife and held it to Mr Gately's throat and demanded money.

When the cabbie refused, the bandit then dug his free hand into Mr Gately's pocket and whipped out his takings of $395.

A very upset Mr Gately said that this just should not be allowed to happen.

"These bastards think they can do whatever they like," Mr Gately said.

Mr Gately also received a cut to his hand during the attack.

The former policeman said his attacker was a part Aboriginal man in his 30s.

And Mr Gately is warning other cabbies not to let lone passengers sit in the back seat of their cabs.

"If a lone passenger gets in the car you have to make sure he hops in the front with you and that way he can't jump up from over the back and try to cut your throat like he did to me," Mr Gately said.

"Every taxi driver needs to be aware not to pick people up from any street without a number being given out.

"And if any cabbie gets a call to go to a phone box to be picked up they should refuse the job."

And the police said they are continuing their investigations and are appealing for any witnesses to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, the manager of Rocky Cabs, "Donna", said: "No comment."

 

Thursday 3pm: ROCKHAMPTON'S unluckiest cabbie Leo Gately had a knife held to his throat on last night and his night's taking's stolen.

While driving along Dennison St at 10pm, Mr Gately's passenger produced a knife and held it to Mr Gately's throat and demanded money.

When the cabbie refused, the bandit then dug his free-hand into Mr Gately's pocket and whipped out his taking's of $395.

A very upset Mr Gately said that this thing just should not be allowed to happen.

"These bastards think they can do whatever they like," Mr Gately said.

During the attack Mr Gately also received a cut to his hand.

According to Mr Gately, a former policeman, his attacker was a part Aboriginal man in his 30s.

And the police said they are continuing their investigations and are appealing for any witnesses to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, the manager of Rocky Cabs, 'Donna', when asked about the attack said: "No comment."

7.50am: POLICE are investigating the armed robbery of a taxi driver at Rockhampton last night.

Around 9pm, a man entered a taxi on Laurie Street at Gracemere and asked the driver to be taken to an address in Rockhampton.

As the vehicle entered Denison Street at Rockhampton, the man produced a knife and held it to the throat of the driver while making demands for money.

A small struggle has ensued before the offender took a sum of money from the taxi driver's pockets and fled the scene on foot.

The driver, a 75-year-old man, sustained minor cuts to his hands.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or go to crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.



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