Passenger Slashes Driver’s Throat

Edward Mantey, 22-year-old taxi driver escaped death narrowly when a client slashed his throat open in a bid to snatch his Honda taxi cab number GC 3174-11 from him around Abriwa Nkwanta, a suburb of Koforidua on Saturday. Another taxi driver, Samuel Larbi, who had observed the scene from afar used his taxi to block the road preventing the assailant from taking Mantey’s car away and run to call the police for help. On Saturday September 28, 2013, at about 5:00pm, Samuel Larbi, called to inform the police that a man with his throat slashed, suspected to be cabbie was lying unconscious at Abriwa Nkwanta, a new suburb of Korofidua. He narrated to the police that before his counterpart fainted, he told him that one hefty man had hired him to the area but later tried to snatch his car. The police arrived at the scene and met Mantey unconscious. He was rushed to the Koforidua Central Hospital where medics at the facility saved his life through surgical operation. Deputy Regional Police Commander, ACP James Azuma Abass Abaah said the cabbie was responding to treatment at the facility. The police boss told Daily Guide that the taxi driver regained consciousness the next day and narrated that he was hired by his assailant around the All Nations University College to a building site at Abriwa Nkwanta where the client inspected an uncompleted building and asked him to drive him back to own. However, the engine failed to start so Mantey got down to open the bonnet to check what the fault could be. Whilst he bowed his head checking the engine, his client came behind him and pulled a sharp knife to slit his throat. In the ensuing struggle, Mantey was given another stab in the chest and pushed down. The assailant then reached for the taxi and started to drive away, but Larbi who had observed the scene from afar used his taxi to block the road and took to his heels to get help from the police. When the car snatcher got to where Larbi had blocked the road, he realized there was no passage so he abandoned the car and fled. ACP Abass Abaah said the victim was recuperating at the hospital and that the police are on the look-out for the suspect. He was grateful for the wit of Samuel Larbi whose intervention saved the victim.