!! Ballina Chronicle; March 27, 1850 "Assizes - Murder in Connemara"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, March 27, 1850
Murder in Connemara.
Daniel Flaherty, a person of proper appearance, was placed at the bar, charged with the wilful murder of Patrick King (Murk.) at Goula, on the 3d of April, 1849, by pressing his hands round the neck of deceased, and so choking him; and in a second count for pressing his knees upon his breast until he was dead, and then casting him into a stream of water. The prisoner pleaded not guilty, and was defended by Mr. Concannon.
Mr. Close, Q.C., stated the case for the Crown. - It appears that on Palm Sunday, last year, the deceased was living at service with a person named King; was sent by him a distance of eight or nine miles to his brother for the loan of £2; the road which he had to take crossed a desolate mountainous district of Connemara, near Kilkerrin bay, the population of which is very scattered; he reached his destination towards night and slept there; the prisoner, who was a sort of vagrant, came also to the same house, where he was known, and he too spent the night; next morning the money was given to the boy in the form of a £2 bank note, which was sowed [sic] up in his waistcoat pocket; the prisoner was cognizant of this, being present when the money was given; the boy desired that the prisoner should accompany him home, as they lived in the same locality, but the people of the house not wishing it he went away alone; the prisoner left the house about twenty minutes afterwards, stating his intention of going in another direction; the shortest road which the boy could take home, being by the head of Kilkerrin bay, which, at high tide, was flooded and impassable; another and a much longer route lay across the mountain, and this the boy took on his return; accordingly, if the prisoner followed him, he would have arrived at the mountain of Goula before him, and it will appear from the evidence that he was seen crossing the country in the course of the day followed not long after by the boy. They then struck off the road into a lonely part of the country, and there some days afterwards the boy was found dead, lying in a stream, his face downwards, and marks of violence on his person - the waistcoat in which his money had been put was gone. On the same evening the prisoner called at a small shop in the country, and having purchased some food, offered a £2 bank note as payment, which, however, he got back next day. The waistcoat of the deceased was also seen upon his person the same night. The prisoner after this wandered through the country as far as Westport, and here he presented the note which could not be traded further.
A number of witnesses were examined, and as no proof of the murder could be given, the prisoner was acquitted.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News
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