Man disappeared in field of cows, garda tells trial

Two men were arrested near the scene of an attempted aggravated burglary and an officer testified yesterday the last sighting he had of a third man was when he disappeared in a field of cows.

Det Garda Mark O’Shea did not identify the man he was chasing from the scene in Rougrane, Glanmire, Co Cork.

He told Cork Circuit Criminal Court: “I ran down to the end of the field. He ran towards the corner of the field. He was about 40m ahead of me. I kept in pursuit of him… He ran to the end of dirt track. He turned left towards a white watering trough. Inside in that field, there were cows. This is where I lost sight of the suspect in the field.

“The next morning I went back to the scene with garda colleagues. I walked through the exact route I had gone the night before. When I reached the spot where I first saw the suspect in the field going over the gate, 2.5m from that sighting, a sawn-off pump-action shotgun was found.”

Niall Fitzpatrick, aged 46, of Corrin Close, the Glen, Cork, denies charges of possession of a 12-guage pump-action shotgun and ammunition and attempted aggravated burglary at the home of Pat Glavin at Rougrane, on August 11, 2013.

Brendan Nix, defending, has cross-examined a number of garda witnesses on participation in or their attitude to the arrest of another man, not Mr Fitzpatrick, being kicked and arrested as he hid in a field in the dark.

Judge David Riordan told the jury the case would resume at 10.30am today and he said, “Do not discuss the case with anyone, the case is far from over.”

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