Farmer was ‘a man possessed’ when he attacked tractor

A man who was attacked by a violent farmer said he was in fear of his life when he drove his tractor through the attcking man’s van- Carrickmacross District Court heard this week.

A man who was attacked by a violent farmer said he was in fear of his life when he drove his tractor through the attcking man’s van- Carrickmacross District Court heard this week.

John Martin (58), of Coolcair, Donaghmoyne, Carrickmacross was charged with criminal damage and assautt.

The court heard how a Roy Cunningham was cutting hedges when he was approached by Martin. Martin told him to stop, despite the fact that he was cutting hedges for another man, and noton the land of Martin.

Sometime later Martin returned in his van and blocked the way out of the John Deer tractor.

He got out of the vehicle and attacked the tractor.

He smasked the front and back windows and destroyed the side door of the vehicle.

While this was happeneingMr Cunningham filmed him on his phone’s camera.

Martin then came back to the tractor with a three litre bottle of petrol and began pouring around the tractor and the trapped Mr Cunningham.

Mr Cunnigham, was afraid for his life and aType 1 diabetic, decided that he had to extricate himself from the situation.

He rammed his tractor through Martin’s van.

When Gardai arrived Martin claimed Cunnigham had attac ked his van.

The court heard that Martin had several previous convictions for assault dating back to 2004.

A guard who viewed footage of Martin described him as being a ‘man possessed’

The court heartd that Mr Cunnigham, a 32-year-old man with a young family had suffer3ed psychologically as a result of the incident.

Judge Sean MacBride s convicted him of the charges against him and ordered him to pay €2,864 in compensation for the criminal damage done to the tractor and a further €1,000 to Mr Cunningham for the attack.

The court heard that Martin and the man on which the hedge was being cut had a 20-year-old feud regarding alane way.

Martin was ordered to stay away from Mr Cunningham.