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Pig farmer 'wanted trespassers to recite Our Father'

Emer Connolly

Published 19/12/2012|05:00

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A PIG farmer who denies falsely imprisoning two men said he wanted the men to strip to "humiliate" them, and to recite the Our Father to "reflect" on what they had done.

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Donal Connaughton (54) said he was "revengeful" after being knocked to the ground and seeing his wife injured.

He wanted them to kneel down and pray to "instill in them what it says in that prayer not to trespass. I was defending my property in the best way I knew".

Mr Connaughton faces eight charges, while his wife Margaret (52) faces six charges, arising out of an incident on April 29, 2010. These include false imprisonment, threatening to kill or harm, and assault.

The Connaughtons, from Elfeet, Newtowncashel, Co Longford, claim they were assaulted by the two men after they arrived at their pig farm to repossess a generator and power washers.

Patrick Mulvey and Justin Tighe, who work for Assets Security in Dun Laoghaire, went to the farm to repossess items on behalf of GE Money.

Mr Connaughton told the trial at Longford Circuit Court that his wife told him that a "dog of a man" had pulled a door on her hand.

"I wasn't happy about that at all. I was angry, as angry as I've been in my entire life. I told them to get the f*** off the property, simple as that," he said.

He admitted that he "probably" said he would set the boar on the men and it would eat them.

He told the court: "It did cross my mind if I was beat to it, the only asset I had in my favour was the boars – and they might get out of the yard then.

"Boars have a tendency to open their mouth and close it on a regular basis in a chopping fashion. It was an intimidating aspect, that was the intention of the boar."

Mr Connaughton says that Mr Mulvey knocked him and flattened him on the ground, and that "the other guy jumped out of the lorry and put his boot on my chest".

Humiliate

He said that he wanted the men to strip "to humiliate them like they humiliated me. I wanted them to go down the road stripped to humiliate them, that no one would give them a lift".

"They were free to go. I had my speech made to them . . . I had intended on getting them to say Our Father to reflect on what they had done.

"I was revengeful at that particular time. My wife had a hand streaming blood. I was put to the ground in my own farmyard."

He said he had made reference to the Black and Tans because "they made up the rules as they went along, same as the repo boys".

It was put to him in cross-examination that the men were entitled to go on to his property to repossess the machinery. He replied: "In a lawful manner."

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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