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!! Connaught Journal; Aug 30, 1824 "Cork Assizes"

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 1824 CORK ASSIZES Margaret Buckley, an ill-looking middle aged woman, was indicted for stealing away Ann
    Message 1 of 1 , May 19, 2005
      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
      her clothes.

      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
      Jeremiah Buckley.

      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.

      Michael Dorgan, for the abduction and violation of Ellen Smith, next given
      in charge.
      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
      to Kelly.
      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
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