German taxi driver says he was driving man to local brothel

Man, believed to be Enda McLaughlin (27) from Donegal, was fatally injured on a motorway

Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 13:33

A German taxi driver who drove a man allegedly behind a German stabbing spree has said he was not driving him to Cologne, as reported, but to a local brothel.

German police say they cannot yet positively identify the man behind Monday’s stabbing spree near Cologne as Irishman Enda McLaughlin from Donegal.

The 27 year-old from Cardonagh was identified by Gardaí as having died in Germany on Monday. German police say they are investigating the death of a man who was knocked down and killed on a motorway in Germany early on Monday morning after allegedly stabbing three people: a Dutch taxi driver, a man in the western city of Aachen and an Estonian truck driver at a nearby motorway rest stop.

A second taxi driver from Aachen, who drove the man to the scene of his death, denied reports they were driving to Cologne, 70 km away.

“He said in English ‘I want to go to girls’,” the taxi driver, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Irish Times. “I got details of a local brothel and we were driving there. He seemed a little nervous but nothing unusual.”

While on the motorway the passenger asked the driver to pull into a rest stop so the passenger could go to the toilet. While he was outside, the driver heard a description of a violent man with a knife from the radio dispatcher: short blonde hair, black t-shirt and dark trousers, around 175cm (5’9).

“Just as he reached for the handle of the door to open it, I decided it was him, stamped on the gas pedal and sped away,” he said.

The driver said he saw no sign of the knife used in the stabbings, nor did he see any blood on the man’s clothing. Minutes earlier the man is believed to have stabbed a Dutch taxi driver and a passerby in Aachen.

German police say they believe the man was travelling with a group in the Netherlands. They are still investigating why he headed into Germany on his own and say they have, as yet, no motive for the attacks.

The drama began in the Dutch border town of Heerlen around 1am on Monday morning when the man got into a taxi operated by a local taxi company and asked to be driven 20km to Aachen. At the destination the passenger got into a dispute with the 50 year-old driver over the fare.

“The man got out and wanted to run away, my employee ran after him and said in English, ‘you have to pay’,” said Fred Reuters from the Dutch taxi company, to German television. “He’d barely said anything when the man rammed a knife into his stomach.”

After stabbing the Dutch taxi driver in Aachen, the knife-wielding man ran into in a parallel street and demanded money from a passerby. When the 49 year-old man refused he too was stabbed. Both the passerby and the Dutch taxi driver were rushed to hospital.