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

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 1824 KILKENNY ASSIZES Conviction of the Murderers of the Late Mr. Marum On Monday, this most important Trial
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 18, 2005
      Galway, MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 1824

      Conviction of the Murderers of the Late Mr. Marum
      On Monday, this most important Trial came on before the LORD CHIEF JUSTICE.
      The persons charged with this most atrocious offence were - Michael Campion,
      Robert Marshall, Pat Whelan, Thomas Sales, William Sales, William Whelan, and
      William Delany. They refused to join in their challenges, and Campion was put
      forward alone. After he had challenged his quantum, and a number had been set
      aside by the Crown, a very respectful Jury was sworn, by whom the rest of the
      prisoners then agreed to be tried. The miserable men were given in charge by ten
      o'clock on Monday morning, and the Jury did not retire till one o'clock on
      Tuesday morning. The patience and impartiality of the Learned Judge, his anxiety
      to unravel the mystery and to ascertain the truth during the whole of this
      protracted and fatiguing trial, was highly honorable to the Irish bench, and
      though we shall presume to declare it was never equalled, we are sure we can
      with safety say, it was never surpassed, to any similar case, on the other side
      of the channel. Every prisoner has his alibi witnesses; and what was to us a
      novelty, one of them brought forward three witnesses to prove that the informer
      was innocent of the murder with which he accused himself and the prisoners, and
      that he was idling at Kilkenny, sixteen miles from the fatal scene, at, and for
      days before and after the time it was committed. About 11 o'clock, P.M., the
      Chief Justice began to sum up the evidence.- His preliminary remarks were
      eloquent, forcible, and lucid. He had gone over the whole of the evidence before
      one o'clock and he waited on the bench till a quarter past two, when the Jury
      not being agreed to as to two of the prisoners, he retired. At eight o'clock he
      returned to the Judgment Seat, and the Jury were called out, when they gave in a
      verdict of 'Guilty' against all the prisoners.- The scene in the crowded Court
      now surpassed anything we had ever witnessed. A great number of women and some
      men began to cry aloud, clapping their hands and tearing their hair at the same
      time. Campion and Marshall turned about and cast an indignant look on the
      mourners. When the Chief Justice began his solemn and affecting address, it
      produced a temporary calm, but when he put on the black cap, to pronounce death,
      the screeching and loud hysteric sobbing was renewed. The unhappy men are sure
      to be executed to-morrow, in Galmoy, on the spot where they committed that most
      dreadful crime which has brought them to a premature and Ignominious end. Their
      bodies are to be brought back to County Hospital to be dissected and anatomized.
      Some of them exclaimed "innocent." One called for a "long day," and one of theme
      threw his hat indignently from him to the ground. The crowd rushed out of Court
      as the prisoners descended through the dock, and the loud and terrific symptoms
      of affliction were doubly manifested on the street, and till they passed up
      James-street (the entrance of which was guarded against the multitude,) to the
      County Gaol. The only indifferent persons were the prisoners, but we trust their
      hearts have since been softened, and, through the admonition of the Clergy,
      turned to Him who delighteth in bestowing mercy to the penitent sinner. The fate
      of these powerful middle-aged men is an awful but a necessary sacrifice at once
      to justice and to the character of the country. May it have a salutary effect in
      restraining their companions and others from shedding blood. It is the ordinance
      of God that "whosoever sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." -
      Though murder may for a time be silent, yet, sooner or later it "speaks with
      most miraculous organ." Again, we pray that this great sacrifice may have a
      salutary effect on men's minds, and that such scenes as that of the 16th of
      March may never again disgrace this country, to give the enemies of Ireland
      arguments against the character of the people.-- Leinster Journal.

      Thomas Lannon who stood charged with the murder of John Phelan, steward to
      Sir Wheeler Cuffe, and whose trial was put off at last Assizes by the Crown, was
      yesterday tried in the City Court, and acquitted. -- Ibid.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
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