A hire car driver in Berbice is now a patient at the New Amsterdam Hospital, nursing a broken arm and several stab wounds to the regions of his back, neck, chest and arm, following a failed carjacking by a passenger.
The driver, Chunilall Dudnath, 52, of lot 232 East Canefield, Canje, Berbice, was asked to take a lone passenger in his car into a street at West Canefield, East Canje, when the incident occurred shortly before 22:00hrs on Monday night.
According to Dudnath, the passenger claimed to be going to the last house in the street. He said when they got there, he asked the passenger if he lived at that house. Instead of answering, Dudnath said the passenger stabbed him on the shoulder.
Dudnath noted that the stabbing continued as he tried to loosen his seat belt. He was then ordered out of the vehicle. After doing so, the passenger drove the car further down the street and Dudnath ran behind the carjacker. Not content with the injuries already inflicted on the hire car driver, the carjacker then reversed the vehicle into Dudnath, knocking him off his feet.
According to one eyewitness, Rafeek Hoosain, the taxi driver was hit twice, resulting in his arm being broken.
“This car knock down the man flat on the ground and the man get up and running and hollering help! Help! Help! By the time I turn in the street, the car reverse and knock him down again… The car slide in the drain and the man come out and run away and jump in another car. I thought it was a car driver knocking somebody, not knowing that is the thief knocking down the car driver,” he related.
Following the incident, neighbours called the Police.