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!! Times; Feb 3, 1836 "Collins Found Innocent"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    The Times London, Middlesex, England Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1836 THE INNOCENCE OF A MAN CONDEMNED TO DIE IN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS, PROVIDENTIALLY DISCOVERED. At the
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      The Times
      London, Middlesex, England
      Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1836

      THE INNOCENCE OF A MAN CONDEMNED TO DIE IN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS, PROVIDENTIALLY
      DISCOVERED.
      At the last Galway assizes Michael Ryan was found guilty of the murder of
      his wife Bridget Ryan, and a man of the name of Collins was found guilty of
      aiding and abetting him in the dreadful deed. The evidence offered to sustain
      the prosecution was purely circumstantial; but every part of it was as perfect
      as conclusive, as could be produced in a court of justice. The voluntary
      statements which Ryan made at the inquest, before the coroner and two
      magistrates of the county, were confirmed in their most important particulars,
      and were considered decisive as to the guilty participation of Collins in the
      foul unnatural deed. Ryan was silent as the verdict was delivered; but Collins
      loudly protested his innocence. Both were immediately offered for execution on
      the following Monday. But about 2 o'clock on the Saturday a clergyman was seen
      in earnest conversation with the Judge. It was evident, from the impressiveness
      of his manner, that he was communicating something of painful interest and of
      the utmost importance. The Judge retired to his chamber, and by his order to the
      Sheriff, stayed the execution for a fortnight. In the mean time some most
      singular disclosures were made by Ryan. The mayor and several other magistrates
      were in attendance. Ryan accounted so clearly for every circumstance that
      attached suspicion to poor Collins, afforded them such a clue to investigate and
      to test the truth of his assertions, that not a shadow of doubt could rest on
      their minds of the perfect innocence of Collins. The documents, the evidence of
      the trial, and the result of their subsequent investigation, were laid before
      the Privy Council at the Castle of Dublin. In the mean time the sentence of
      Collins was respited; but the law was allowed to take its course in the case of
      Ryan; he was brought out on the scaffold, and there, in the presence of the
      sheriff, the Mayor of Galway, and the chaplain of the gaol, he again solemnly
      declared the perfect innocence of Collins-"That he (Collins) had had neither
      hand, act or part in the murder;" that he had no knowledge of it. Immediately
      afterwards he was launched into eternity. Collins was brought out of the "dead
      room" (condemned cell), and in less than a month an order came down from the
      Castle for his unconditional liberation. After his liberation a few pounds were
      collected for him in the town of Galway, to enable him to return home, and enter
      gain on that life of industry on which a wife and four children depended for
      support.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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