Farmer slapped the veterinary inspector and pulled her hair during the attack

A FARM who assaulted a veterinary inspector by pulling her hair, slapping her in the face and throwing her to the ground has been warned he could face jail time to learn a valuable lesson.

ndrew Scannell (62 years old) has been released on bail by the Cork Circuit Criminal Court to increase the victim’s compensation over the next three months. He pleaded guilty last week.

Scannell of Lackaneen, Lissacreasig, Macroom, Co Cork, was remanded in custody a week after Judge Helen Boyle expressed concern about the nature of the assault Maria Wall suffered.

Judge Boyle said Scannell may need to learn a lesson about the consequences of “attacking people who are about to do their job”.

Garda Raymond Griffin said veterinary inspector Wall visited Scannell’s ranch in July 2020.

Ms. Tuong discovered the farmer’s barn was broken and needed to be repaired.

Gda Griffin said Ms Wall returned on October 2, 2020, to see if work was being carried out as directed.

“Inspector Wall knocked on the door of the house. She then continued to grind the cattle and found that it was still spoiled.

“Mr. Scannell went to the scene and Mrs. Wall made a small talk with him. She then informed him that she was there to inspect the livestock.

“He lunged at her. He grabbed her by the hair and threw her on the ground and slapped her in the face several times and shouted: ‘Get out’ and yelled that she was out to get him.

“The whole attack lasted about half a minute. Then Mr Scannell said: ‘Leave the farm and don’t come back. You have no rights here’. She returned to her car. She trembled and was afraid.

“At 12 noon that day she made a complaint at the Macroom garda station,” Gda Griffin said.

Ms. Tuong suffered bruises on her right face, back and hips.

She suffered headaches as a result of the incident and underwent counseling following the unprovoked assault.

Gda Griffin added that Ms. Wall has fully recovered from the physical trauma.

He said Scannell has no means of transport and often walks 8km into Macroom and then back home.

Defense attorney Sinead Behan BL told the court that her client lives alone and feels left behind by advances in technology.

She said Scannell had found herself further isolated as it arose from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Behan added that her clients suffer from both anxiety and depression.

The matter was adjourned to May 20 to give Scannell time to raise €1,000 in compensation which will be given to the injured party or a charity of her choice.

Scannell, who is paying farmers support, limited means.

Judge Boyle said it was important that Scannell experienced some “clear sense of remorse” about his actions.

A psychiatric report will be prepared to support sentencing and Scannell is required to cooperate with this.

Judge Boyle said she was concerned that an undiagnosed medical illness could be a factor in the case. Farmer slapped the veterinary inspector and pulled her hair during the attack

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