!! Connaught Journal; Aug 30, 1824 "Cork Assizes"
- THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 1824
Margaret Buckley, an ill-looking middle aged woman, was indicted for
stealing away Ann Wiley, a child of only five years of age, with intent to steal
Mary Curtin, a woman apparently over 60 years of age, was charged with
stealing 35l. in Bank of Ireland Notes, the property of Patrick Fitzgibbon. The
Jury did not consider that the identity of the notes had been satisfactorily
established, and the prisoner was therefore acquitted and discharged.
Honora Reardon was charged with stealing a sum of money, the property of
Richard Lombur and John Sullivan, journeymen bakers, were arraigned for
firing a pistol shot, which wounded Patrick Scannel in several places. After the
examination of several witnesses, the prisoners were acquitted.
ABDUCTION AND RAPE
Michael Dorgan, for the abduction and violation of Ellen Smith, next given
Timothy Dorgan was the first witness, and he deposed that in the month of
January, 1823, his house was attacked at night, and Ellen Smith, his
sister-in-law, forcibly taken away. The prisoner at the bar was of the party.
Witness spoke to him at the time of the attack; remonstrated with him, and
resisted the carrying away of Ellen Smith.- Being cross-examined by Mr. Freeman,
he admitted that this was the second time she had been carried off.
Ellen Smith was then sworn, and she stated, that in the month of January
twelvemonth, her brother-in-law's house was attacked, and she was carried
forcibly away to the house of a man named Foley, whose protection she claimed on
arriving at his house, but without effect. She was detained at this house for
some days, where she was put to bed with Michael Dorgan. Witness was not able to
identify the prisoner at the bar.
Justin McCarthy, Esq. being examined, stated, that, as Magistrate, he took
measures for apprehending the prisoner, and made several efforts to have him
taken into custody, but without success; at length, however, he surrendered
himself a little before the last Assizes.
Cross-examined - The prisoner is a man of good character; witness has known
him long; and has occasionally employed him.
The prisoner's defence was quite imperfect to rebut the evidence, and while
the Jury had retired on the case, Mr. Freeman, Counsel for the prisoner,
intimated that the prosecutrix was now willing to marry the prisoner; but on
inquiry being made, it turned out that the female was decidedly averse from
accepting the prisoner as a husband. - Guilty - to be transported for seven
Thomas Barry, for sheep-stealing, was found guilty.
Daniel Corcoran, Jeremiah Linehan, and Timothy Gronin, for he murder of
Michael Kelly, were then given in charge; and the first witness, Daniel
Kelleher, stated that he knew Kelly, the deceased, and remembers the time and
place of his death, in the month of July last, at the Fair of Cullen; saw the
riot at which the deceased lost his life, and saw the prisoner, Corcoran, strike
the deceased, and this is all he knows of the transaction. It occurred early in
the night; witness did not observe Kelly give Corcoran any provocation; knows
the other two prisoners, but cannot allege any thing against them in reference
The prisoners were found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to be
imprisoned six months.
John Guiry, for the murder of James Hagerty were next placed at the bar.
John Morrissey being examined, deposed that he was present when the
deceased was killed; the men who killed him were tried at a former Assizes, and
acquitted; but it was by the present prisoner that the deceased was held while
the others inflicted the mortal wound of which he died - the other men who were
tried for this offence were acquitted.
This witness being cross-examined by Mr. O'Connell, stated, that in his
first information, he accused six women of having been concerned in this affray;
the battle might have been going on for three quarters of an hour, or perhaps
more; never asked Guiry to appear as a witness against the men who were tried at
the last Assizes. - The prisoner was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News