Farmer stabs garda in mart dispute

A detective garda who had a truck driven at him was stabbed a number of times in the hand as he tried to take the keys off the driver.

The garda was attacked by a farmer who had got involved in a dispute with other people attending a mart in Co Cork.

The detective, who is in his early 30s, was still receiving treatment at Cork University Hospital yesterday and may require plastic surgery for his wounds.

The dispute was apparently sparked by a disagreement between the farmer and other parties over the purchase of cattle at Cork Marts on the outskirts of Fermoy on Wednesday evening.

The farmer, who is in his 60s and from the nearby village of Castlelyons, drove his truck across the entrance to the mart at Corrin, shortly after 6pm, preventing other vehicles from exiting the facility.

Mart staff contacted Fermoy Garda Station and the detective garda was dispatched to the scene along with a uniformed colleague.

Superintendent Mick Comyns said that the detective defused the situation and the farmer then drove off in the direction of Rathcormac.

However, a while later gardaí were called again when the farmer returned to the mart and tried to prevent other vehicles from leaving the premises.

Again the detective tried to calm the man down and asked him to move the truck to allow other farmers to leave the mart.

But then the farmer drove the truck at the detective and hit him.

Fortunately he wasn’t injured and decided that to prevent the situation from escalating he’d take the keys from the driver.

Supt Comyns said as the detective was trying to do that, he was stabbed a number of times in the hand.

Garda reinforcements were called to the scene, including armed members of the Regional Support Unit.

They arrested the farmer and he was taken to Fermoy Garda Station for questioning. He was later sent to hospital for medical assessment.

The detective was rushed to Cork University Hospital where he is receiving treatment for a number of puncture wounds to his hand.

Supt Comyns said that the farmer’s truck was seized and forensic experts were trying to ascertain what implement had been used to stab the detective.

He said gardaí had already spoken to some people who had witnessed the incident.

However, Supt Comyns said that there may have been more people at the mart who saw what happened but had not yet contacted them.

“We are urging anybody who witnessed this and has not yet come forward to do so,” he said.

*Anybody with information is asked to contact Fermoy Garda Station at 025 82100.


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