Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin also referred to the “fluorescence” of the man’s evidence and outlandish behaviour.
The jury took approximately 90 minutes to reach an unanimous guilty verdict yesterday at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Judge Ó Donnabháin then gave Patrick Fouhy, aged 67, a chance to consider whether he wanted to apologise to the injured garda for his behaviour.
“The blaggardism has been given a lot of scope and a lot of air. It is about time a man of 67 copped on,” the judge said.
Fouhy, of Ballydaw, Castlelyons, Co Cork, was asked if he accepted the guilty verdict on the charge of assault causing harm to Detective Garda Denis Ryan at Fermoy Mart in Corrin on March 21, 2013, and he replied: “You have to accept it. I accept it.”
The judge sentenced him to one year in jail but suspended the term.
“If this was a child in school, you would say he had ADHD, but this is a man of 67. It is time he copped himself on,” said Judge Ó Donnabháin.
“He seems to realise there is a reality outside of what he wants to believe himself.”
Dermot Sheehan, defending, said Fouhy had no previous convictions and had been working as a cattle haulier for more than 50 years but no longer worked and was in financial difficulties.
Fouhy had been in dispute with management of Fermoy mart over whether cattle for sale had horns.
At one stage, he moved his truck forward, striking Det Ryan, who smashed the driver’s side window and leaned in to grab the keys of the truck. He said his hand was repeatedly stabbed with something and his hand bled heavily.