Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, Sept 26, 1849
BALLINA PETTY SESSIONS - TUESDAY
Magistrates present-Wm. Malley, Esq., chairman, and Captain Wm. Atkinson.
Informations were ordered against Michl. Jennings for illegally taking
possession of a house tenanted by Michael M'Keone.
Mr. Thomas M'Andrew, on the part of the guardians of the poor of this
union, applied to the court to have two warrants for poor rates signed. He
stated that the decrees had been pronounced so far back as the month of March
last, but that for some reason which he did not think necessary to advert to,
the warrants had still remained unsigned. He further said that he had been
instructed to present them for signatures and to report the result.
Mr. Malley, the chairman, said in reply that he had a conversation with Mr.
Waters, one of the vice-guardians, on the subject and requested Mr. M'Andrew to
mention the matter to the court on the next sessions day.
Mr. M'Andrew expressed himself satisfied.
Sub-Constables Cullen and Hunter having been sworn, it appeared from their
evidence that on the last fair day of this town they were on duty, when they
perceived a riot in Hill-street, opposite the Wesleyan chapel, and proceeded to
arrest some of the rioters. Sub-Constable Cullen was in the act of removing one
of them, John Hesneen, when another, named Melvin, ran into a house, from which
he brought an iron bar or crook with which he inflicted two severe wounds on
Cullen's head and was in the act of striking him a third time when the blow was
arrested by James Lyons, who was attracted to the place by the crowd and noise.
Sub-Constable Hunter did not see the blows given to Cullen, he being then
engaged with Hesneen who became very violent and offered every resistance to his
removal and kicked the policeman several times.
James Lyons, who gave his testimony with considerable reluctance, stated
that he saw the iron in Melvin's hands before and after the policeman was cut,
and though he saw the weapon held over his head, and caught hold of it, he wound
not positively swear that Melvin struck him. Being urged to give his opinion,
this witness at length stated that he had no doubt that Melvin struck Cullen.
Melvin was then fined 2l. and costs, or in default of payment to be
imprisoned for two months.
Hesneen was fined 2s. 6d. and costs.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News