Thursday 22 March 2018

Farmer held over alleged garda assault 'fears for life'

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A SIXTY-TWO-YEAR-OLD cattle dealer accused of stabbing a garda during a protest was remanded in custody again after saying he fears for his life.

Patrick 'Padraig' Fouhy of Ballydaw, Castlelyons, Co Cork, was remanded after he refused for a second time to give gardai an assurance that he would stay away from Corrin Mart and its staff if released on bail.

Mr Fouhy is charged with assault causing harm to Garda Denis Ryan at Fermoy Mart, Corrin, on March 21. The assault is alleged to have happened after Mr Fouhy attempted to block an exit.

After he was charged, it was claimed in court Mr Fouhy said: "I'm delighted with the charge . . . I am honoured. I get to prove myself in court."

Mr Fouhy had been in custody for four days before appearing again before Mallow District Court yesterday.

The accused told Judge Angela Ni Choduin that he was representing himself.

Inspector Tony O'Sullivan said gardai had no objection to Mr Fouhy being released on bail once he gives a sworn commitment to stay away from both the mart and its staff.

But Mr Fouhy said he felt safer in custody. "The reason I don't want to go out from here (is) that I fear for my life. I have good reason to fear for my life," he said.

He was remanded until April 5.

Irish Independent

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