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Assault case farmer offers to drop trousers in court

A FARMER has told a court how he stabbed a garda 16 times with a set of keys, claiming it was done in self-defence.

Patrick 'Patsy' Fuohy (66) denies assault causing harm to Det Gda Denis Ryan and offered – "if the girls want to leave the courtroom" – to drop his trousers during his trial at Cork Circuit Court to show the wounds he says he himself suffered and which, he said, he had to treat with his own urine.

The violent confrontation occurred after a one-man market protest last March.

Fuohy, of Ballydaw, Castlelyons, Co Cork, alleged he was targeted because he won a personal injury claim against a market in Waterford.

Det Gda Ryan denied ever attempting to strike or injure him.

Fuohy stopped the protest after speaking with gardai, but returned a short time later with his lorry.

He revved the engine and it jerked forward, striking Det Gda Ryan, who was shunted forward four feet, the court heard.

Fuohy locked the doors of the truck and Det Gda Ryan had to use his extending baton to strike the windscreen and smash the driver's window.

He claimed that when he put his hand through the broken window to remove the keys, Fuohy repeatedly struck him on the left hand with a stabbing motion.

"I feared for my life. I thought he might be going for a weapon," he said.


The officer spent four days in Cork University Hospital's emergency department after suffering hand, back, neck and shoulder injuries.

In evidence on the second day of his trial, Fuohy admitted he had stabbed the garda.

"I stabbed his hand 16 times in a space the size of an old penny," he said, but insisted he acted entirely in self-defence and had sustained injuries from broken glass himself during the confrontation.

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

The trial before Judge Donagh McDonagh and a jury of 11 men and one woman continues on Tuesday.