Wednesday 24 January 2018

Endangering garda's life added to Fouhy charges

Patrick Fouhy
Patrick Fouhy

A CASTLEYONS man has been sent forward for trial on charges of assaulting a garda and endangering his life outside the Cork Marts complex in Fermoy.

There was no repeat of the last time Patrick Fouhy was in court, when he turned heads in Fermoy after arriving on horseback.

The 62-year-old cattle dealer made a more subdued entrance last Friday, arriving at the courthouse on 'shanks' mare'.

Fouhy of Ballydaw, Castlelyons had previously been charged with assault causing harm to garda Denis Ryan, whom he allegedly stabbed following an incident outside the mart gates on March 20 last.

At last Friday's sitting two further charges were brought against Fouhy, one of endangering Garda Ryan's life by driving a lorry at him, and one for assaulting Garda Claire Quirke.

Sgt Liam Kelleher told the court that Fouhy made no reply when the new charges were put to him following his re-arrest prior to the sitting.

Inspector Tony O'Sullivan told Judge Brian Sheridan that the DPP had recommended trial by indictment in relation to the endangerment and assault causing harm charges.

After Fouhy had been served with the book of evidence, Insp O'Sullivan said the DPP had consented to Fouhy being sent forward for trial to the next sitting of Cork Circuit Criminal Court commencing June 18.

He said the same bail conditions imposed at the previous sitting would apply, the key one being that Fouhy stay away from the Cork Marts complex at Corrin.

Solicitor Denis Linihan sought legal aid for his client, saying Fouhy's circumstances had not changed since his last court appearance. "In view of the serious nature of the charges I am seeking certification for both junior and senior council," he told Judge Sheridan.

Granting the legal aid application, the Judge also served Fouhy with an alibi notice.

Inspector O'Sullivan requested that the assault charge relating to Garda Quinn be adjourned until July 26, adding he expected it to be added to the indictment on the other two charges.


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