The farmer who was badly injured as he tried to stop a theft at his farm in West Limerick last week is back home and said to be making “a good recovery”.
However it remains in doubt whether he will ever regain full movement in his arm which was seriously damaged during the terrifying incident.
Jerry Doody was mowed down while trying to prevent a gang of thieves stealing bales of wood chippings from his farm near Feoghanagh.
His arm was shattered and he suffered several broken ribs, a fractured shoulder and head injuries when the thieves drove straight at him, running him over in their car, before making their escape.
A team of gardai in Newcastle West are investigating the incident. Superintendent Tom O’Connor this week said they were following up on “a good piece of information” from a member of the public.
Supt O’Connor described the incident as a “heinous crime”. “It was an assault causing serious harm to a defenceless man,” he added.
Speaking to the Star newspaper at the weekend, Mr Doody’s wife Anne described how he left a “trail of blood” behind him as he crawled into their house to call for help.
She had been in town and returned home to find her husband in a traumatised state in the home they had shared for the past 43 years
“His body was going cold - he really did think he was finished,” Ms Doody said.
Following the attack, Mr Doody was airlifted to Limerick University Hospital where he underwent surgery shortly afterwards. He has since returned home where he is being cared for by family members.
Locals believe the attempted robbery was carried out by a Cork-based gang “who have been doing the rounds in the area”.
Mr Doody was alone on the farm at the time and came into his yard to find a man in the act of loading bales of shavings, for bedding, into a car.
He challenged the thieves but the man who was loading up the car, jumped into it and drove it straight at Mr Doody, knocking him to the ground and injuring him before making off.
Gardai believe the thieves were driving a silver 04-C car and have asked anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact them at 069-20650 or 1800 666 111.