Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, March 27, 1850
NENAGH ASSIZES - Thursday
Trial of Dr. Langley for the murder of his Wife.
The Right Hon. Judge Ball took his seat on the bench in the Crown
Court, at ten o'clock. A few minutes after the prisoner, Dr. Langley, came
into the dock, and advancing to the front bowed to his Lordship. He was
dressed in black, his long black hair was parted on his forehead, and fell
down over his shoulders. The moustaches which he wore last assizes were
shaved off on the present occasion. - There was nothing in his appearance
that could betray the forty days' fast, which he averred he had undergone.
Mr. Scott, for the Crown, consented to quash one indictment, and
entered a nolle prosequi on that preferred at last assizes.
The Clerk of the Crown then proceeded to call over the panel and the
following are the names of the jury sworn, 26 of the panel having been
previously set aside or challenged - John Bennett, John Crawford, Samuel
Cooke, James Willington, Solomon B. Cambie, John Hemsworth, John Phillips,
Ralph Smith, Thomas Dolan, Richard Short, Richard Nash, Dudley Byrne.
The jury having been sworn, the prisoner was given in charge for that
he before and on the 5th December, in the year 1848, not having the fear of
God before his eyes, and contriving and intending wilfully and feloniously
on his malice prepense to kill and murder Eleanor Langley, his wife, on the
5th December, 1848, or on the 1st May 1849, did so kill and murder her, by
confining here against her will in a certain cold, unwholesome, and
unhealthy lodging, and by declining to give her sufficient medicine and
proper food for the support of her body. Another count stated that death was
caused by his providing her with food injurious to her body and health.
Clerk of the Crown - How say you, Charles Langley, guilty or not
Prisoner (in a loud voice) - Not Guilty.
Mr. Scott, Q.C., then addressed the court and jury for the prosecution.
The following witnesses were examined for the prosecution, in support
of the indictment and counsel's statement: - Eliza Rohan, who lived in Dr.
Langley's house as servant; Mary Cleary, Gabriel Prior, clerk to Dr.
Langley; Margaret Meara, landlady of the house in which Mr. Langley lodged;
Thomas Pound, the servant whose evidence on the inquest created such horror
when he said he was instigated to improper intimacy with Mrs. Langley while
on her sick bed; Dr. Francis Cahalen, James M'Grath, groom to Dr. Langley,
Dr. O'Neill Quin, Dr. Edward Kitson, who attended the post mortem
examination on the body of Eleanor Langley, and found it in a state of great
emaciation and attenuation, and remembered Mrs. Langley to come to his house
on several occasions for something to eat; Dr. Finucane, Dr. Frith, Rev.
Benjamin F. Bewley, and Mary Clanchy. This witness's evidence showed the
case for the prosecution.
Judge Ball entered court this morning at 9 o'clock. The court was
Mr. Martley, Q.C., proceeded in an able address to speak to the defense
for the prisoner.
THE RESULT. - The jury, at 9 o'clock at night, returned a verdict of
Cathy Joynt Labath
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