Lorry driver stabbed garda trying to get him ‘dead or alive’

The lorry driver on trial for assault causing harm to a detective at Fermoy Mart said yesterday that he stabbed the guard repeatedly in the hand with the key to his lorry, but only because he believed the officer was trying to get him out “dead or alive”.

Lorry driver stabbed garda trying to get him ‘dead or alive’

Patrick Fuohy, 62, of Ballydaw, Castlelyons, Co Cork, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault causing harm to Det Garda Denis Ryan at Fermoy Mart in Corrin on March 21, 2013.

“I was that close (Fuohy gestured with his fingers) to dying when I stabbed him with the keys of my lorry. That is the key I stabbed him with. The wounds were within half a crown. I did stab him with it. And I will not hand it (the key) over to Fermoy guards.

“Fuck it now, it is the time now to get justice here. This is not whistleblowing, this is the truth. If you want fucking corruption . . . it is time to get justice in this country. I am not a coward, I won’t back down if someone is trying to kill me. Only for this key I would be six-feet down this minute. I have two hands on the bible and I am telling the truth,” he said.

Prosecution barrister Donal McCarthy put it to the defendant that he was acting in the belief the detective was trying to kill him.

Fuohy replied: “There was no belief, he was bating the life out of me.”

Fuohy, who said he was never a cattle dealer, but had spent his working life delivering cattle, claimed he had injuries and that he could drop his trousers and show the injuries to the jury if necessary. He said his wounds bled for two weeks and that it was only by treating the wounds with his own urine that he managed to stop the bleeding.

Asked about the evidence of gardaí given on the first day of the trial the defendant said it was “lies”.

Det Garda Ryan testified that Fuohy had a one-man protest at Fermoy Mart and gardaí were called by mart management who claimed the entrance to the facility was being blocked by a truck. Fuohy had locked the doors of the truck and Det Ryan used his ‘Asp’ extending baton to smash the driver’s window. However, when the detective put his hand through the window to remove the keys from the lorry’s ignition, he claimed the defendant repeatedly struck him on the left hand with a stabbing motion. He feared for his life.

The trial before Judge Donagh McDonagh and a jury is to continue on Tuesday.

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