-- The Cork Examiner 30 March 1849
Maurice Cahill was charged with having, on the 11th of January,
burglarously broken into, and entered the house of David Conners, and
stolen money from thence some bread and some copper money.
David Conners was examined, and deposed that on the morning of the 11th of
January he was called by the watchman, and when he got up and found the
front door open; sells flour and meal in his shop; searched the place, and
found Maurice Cahill, the prisoner there; gave him in charge to Constable
Taite; a desk in the shop was broken open, and a quantity of copper money
taken from him, amounting to 2s. 1d.; also, missed 11 loaves of bread
which were made up in a bag; prisoner was taken to the police office and
examined in witness's presence and 2s. 1d. in copper found on his person,
and also the bag of bread; the prisoner appeared to have gotten in through
the rere [sic] of the house, for a door in the kitchen was broken open;
the front door appeared to have been opened from the inside, as the bolt
was not injured; found a small knife after prisoner, which appared to have
been used for opening the desk.
John Butler, watchman, deposed to the same effect as the first
witness. Constable Taite deposed that he arrested the boy, and found the
money and bread upon his person. The Jury found the prisoner guilty. The
Court sentenced the prisoner to be imprisoned for eighteen months at hard
William Mahony and Michael Connery were charged with having
the 8th of December, at Castle Cooke, unlawfully assembled in arms.
Michael Hanlon sworn and examined by Mr. Copinger, Q.C. -- Lives at Castle
Cooke mountain with Richard Hanlon, his father; knows Wm. Mahoney, and
identifies him; knows and identifies Michael Connery; in last December on
the 8th or 9th of the month, saw a man named Michael Twohig and the
prisoners come into his father's house; they had a pistol each of
them; they remained a long time in the house, in and out; the men turned
them away from the fire; his mother and father were out at the time; the
men said they were out all night, and that they were very cold; they took
away the stirabout which was for their breakfast; witness was afraid to
say anything to them.
Head Constable Bentley deposed that he arrested the prisoners, and that
the place was within the barony of Fermoy. Mr. Copinger then handed in
the Gazette from which it appeared that the barony was proclaimed previous
to date of the occurrence. The jury found a verdict of Guilty. Sentenced
to be imprisoned 18 months each at hard labor.
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