Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty has been slammed by relatives after the cousin he accused of attacking him walked free from court.
The family of Johnny Joyce, 20, who was found not guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a five day trial, said hardman Paddy had paid the price for ‘grassing’ to police.
Johnny’s mum Ann, 40, told The Daily Mirror: “Doherty is a police informer and now he is a liar.
“He chose the police. We have been travelling people all our lives. We don’t do things that way. We have kept our part of the bargain.
“We won’t be causing any problems. If anything happens, it will come from his side. He is scum.”
Paddy, 52, who appeared on the Channel 4 show talking about his bare knuckle fighting past, alleged that Johnny broke his jaw in an unprovoked attack at a caravan park.
He was taken to hospital where he suffered a stroke and is now unable to clench his teeth.
However, the jury at Manchester crown court accepted Jonny’s claim that he had acted in self-defence.
Johnny said of the trial: “I’m proud to be out and free. I’m proud of what I did. I was just defending myself. Justice has been served.”
During the trail Paddy had insisted it was his wife’s decision to call the police.
He told the court: “I didn’t make a complaint – my wife rang the police. I was subpoenaed here. I didn’t want to come.”
Traditionally traveller men settle disputes in ‘fair’ fights with referees instead of involving police and the authorities.