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Assault case farmer offers to drop trousers in court

*Farmer told court he stabbed a garda 16 times in 'self-defence'
*He offered to drop his trousers during his trial to display wounds he says he suffered

Ralph Riegel

Published 01/03/2014 | 02:30

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Patrick ‘Patsy’ Fuohy at Cork Circuit Court yesterday. Picture: DARAGH McSWEENEY/CORK COURTS LIMITED
Patrick ‘Patsy’ Fuohy at Cork Circuit Court yesterday. Picture: DARAGH McSWEENEY/CORK COURTS LIMITED

A FARMER who said he stabbed a detective garda 16 times in self-defence offered to drop his trousers during his trial to display the wounds he said that he suffered and had to sterilise with his urine.

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Patrick 'Patsy' Fuohy (66) also offered to hand the keys he had used to stab the garda to the Circuit Court trial judge – but advised him not to give it to the gardai as he didn't trust them.

Mr Fuohy, of Ballydaw, Castlelyons, Co Cork, denies assault causing harm to Det Gda Denis Ryan after a one-man mart protest ended in a violent confrontation.

Det Gda Ryan said he feared for his life on March 21 last year after he was struck by a truck driven by Mr Fuohy and was repeatedly hit by the cattle haulier as he attempted to remove the keys from the truck's ignition.

Mr Fuohy had to be pepper-sprayed before he could be restrained.

Det Gda Ryan also told Cork Circuit Criminal Court he feared, as Mr Fuohy rummaged around the cab of his lorry while trapping and stabbing the garda's hand, that the farmer was looking for a weapon or a firearm.

In evidence on the second day of his trial, Mr Fuohy told the court that he stabbed the garda.

"I stabbed his hand 16 times in a space the size of an old penny," he said. But he insisted that he acted in self-defence and sustained injuries himself during the confrontation.

"The wounds were bleeding... I tried to cure them myself in jail with my own urine. It is sterile," Mr Fuohy said.

"I will show the wounds that (were) inflicted on me. I will drop the pants on me now to prove it... if the girls want to leave the courtroom."

Mr Fuohy said his wounds were inflicted by glass from the window, which had been driven in by the garda as he tried to take the truck keys.

"I will produce it (the keys).

"I will give it to you, your honour. But I don't want to hand it over to the gardai. I don't trust any of the gardai in Fermoy. (But) it could be handed in to the gardai in Mitchelstown," he said.

"I was that close to dying when I stabbed him with the keys of my lorry. That is the key I stabbed him with. I did stab him with it," Mr Fuohy said.

"I will not hand it over to Fermoy gardai. F*** it, now it is the time now to get justice here. This is not whistleblowing, this is the truth. If you want f***ing corruption – it is time to get justice in this country.

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"I am not a coward but I won't back down if someone is trying to kill me," Mr Fuohy said.

He insisted he acted in self-defence when gardai confronted him after he had blocked the entrance to Fermoy Mart at Corrin.

Det Gda Ryan had to spend four days in Cork University Hospital's emergency department after suffering hand, back, neck and shoulder injuries. The garda denied ever attempting to strike or injure the farmer.

"I feared for my life...(I thought) he might be going for a weapon," Det Gda Ryan said. He said he had been told earlier that Mr Fuohy had a licence for a shotgun.

Mr Fuohy said he once owned a double-barrelled shotgun but that it had been stolen in 2010 or 2011 by a criminal gang.

The trial continues on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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