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The Scotsman - Wed, 23 Mar 1831, pg.2 - Execution of 5 men

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  • fionnghalnicphadraig
    EXECUTION OF FIVE MEN - At the Cavan Assizes, LAWRENCE FINNEGAN, JAMES McCONNELL, BELIX MURRAY, JOHN MURRAY & PATRICK McCRODIN, were arraigned for the wilful
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      EXECUTION OF FIVE MEN - At the Cavan Assizes, LAWRENCE FINNEGAN, JAMES
      McCONNELL, BELIX MURRAY, JOHN MURRAY & PATRICK McCRODIN, were
      arraigned for the wilful murder of Miss JEAN DEANE, dau of the late Mr
      JOHN DEANE, of Droumouslin, who was murdered at Skeane, on 15 Nov. An
      approver named PETER IGO, stated that in consequence of a previous
      arrangement, he went on the night in question, in company with the
      five prisoners, to Mr DEANE's house. They saw the deceased and her
      sister sitting at the fire combing their hair, when FINNEGAN fired
      through the window. The deceased cried out, "Oh MARGARET!" and fell.
      The prisoners then fled. Her sister lingered till next day when she
      died. Several other witnesses were examined, whose evidence
      corroborated the approver's in all the main points. After an able and
      luminous charge from the Learned Sergeant, the jury retired, and
      returned in about half an hour with a guilty verdict. They were
      immediately sentenced to be executed on Monday morning. They were
      labourers. The only offence which Miss DEANE committed was her father
      having taken lands from which the previous possessor had been ejected.
      A letter from Cavan dated Monday se'enight says, a melancholy
      spectacle was witnessed in Cavan this day - the execution of five men
      for the murder of JANE DEANE. They appeared one after the other at
      the fateful drop, and every man of them declared, in the most solemn
      and impressive manner, appealing to God before whom they were about to
      appear in an instant, and with whom they expected to be eternally
      happy, that they were wholly innocent of the crime of which they were
      to suffer.
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