!! Ballina Chronicle; March 20, 1850 "King's Co Assizes"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, March 20, 1850
KING'S COUNTY, Tullamore, March 12.
The trial of John Keys, for the wilful murder of Police constable
Gleeson, at Killoughey, concluded last evening at five o'clock; and the jury
having retired, it was shortly afterwards announced to the Court that there
was not any chance of their agreeing.
The Crown, in this case, exercised the right of desiring certain
parties who were called on the jury panel to "stand by;" but it was admitted
by every person that the right was not capriciously exercised, and the
objections to those who were set aside had not any reference to the religion
of the parties.
The prisoner had the right of challenging twenty, and it was fully
availed of, seventeen gentlemen having been peremptorily challenged before a
single juror was sworn.
At nine o'clock there was not the slightest chance of the jury
agreeing, and they were consequently locked up for the night.
This morning, the jury still being unable to agree, the Lord Chief
Justice declared his intention of not discharging them until the latter part
of the day.- They were still locked up when the post was leaving.
In the case of the prisoner who were tried for the savage attack on
Thomas Dunn, at Rathure, in this county, the jury found Mulrooney, Kelly,
and Casey, guilty, and acquitted Nowlan.
His Lordship sentenced the three first to transportation for life.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News