Wexford gardai tackle crazed 'devil' knifeman

By David Tucker

Published 15/12/2015 | 00:00

Wexford Garda Station; INSET: Garda Declan Dennehy.
Wexford Garda Station; INSET: Garda Declan Dennehy.
Declan Dennehy

A hero Wexford garda who received a three inch 'scratch' on his neck during a struggle to restrain a crazed knifeman at the town's garda station is shaken, but physically all right, a senior officer said today (Tuesday, December 8).

Garda Declan Dennehy was injured as he and Garda Barry Brennan confronted the man who pulled out a hunting knife on the two officers who has responded to a female colleague's call for assistance at the station on Friday evening.

'I am the devil, I am going to kill you,' the knifeman is alleged to have shouted at the officers as they tried to restrain him.

As the struggle continued, the man made repeated attempts to stab Garda Brennan.

The two officers eventually subdued the attacker, who has since been returned to a psychiatric unit in Waterford.

'This is an example of the everyday challenge operational units can potentially face on any day on duty,' said the garda spokesman.

In 2000, Declan Dennehy received a silver medal bravery award for rescuing a man from the Slaney in Wexford, and in 2007 he received another bravery award for saving a woman from 'a near drowning incident'.

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