The Border Fox, 55, who kidnapped dentist John O’Grady and chopped off two of his fingers in 1987, was recovering at Dublin’s Mater Hospital last night with serious face and neck injuries after a black 4x4 mounted the path on which he was walking on Tuesday.
Gardaí investigating the incident, which occurred at the junction of Seafield Road and Seafield Avenue, Clontarf, Co Dublin, believe it may have been carried out deliberately.
A Garda source said it is believed O’Hare, who is from Armagh, was lucky not to have sustained more serious injuries. The source said: “Whoever knocked him down intended to kill him. They went at full speed towards him and had obviously been watching him for a while as he walked along the street.”
A Garda spokesman last night said: “Gardaí at Clontarf are investigating a report from a member of the public that he was struck by a car at the junction of Seafield Road and Seafield Avenue at approximately 5.30pm on Tuesday.
“The injured man (early 50s) was taken to the Mater Public Hospital.”
O’Hare was released from Castlerea Prison, Co Roscommon, in 2006. He had served 17 years of a 40-year term for kidnapping and mutilating Mr O’Grady.
Since being freed, O’Hare has claimed to have turned his back on crime and has even gone so far as to have taken up yoga.