The Cork Examiner, 14 April 1881
(Before Messrs. C. J. Dunn and A. Mitchell, R.M.)
Two countrymen named John and Thomas Ahern, father and son, were put forward charged with having been drunk on the public street. It appears that the prisoners were found lying helplessly drunk on the public street, and the younger had in his possession at the time the sum of £37 0s 3d. It being the prisoners' first offence, they were fined 5s each.
   A young man named James Hammel was put forward by Detective Sub-constable Bulmer, charged with being a deserter from the Royal Navy. The prisoner was ordered to be sent down to her Majesty's ship Revenge.
   Denis Hegarty, Bowling Green-street, was summoned by Head-constable Cantillon for having bought and received into his possession 28 pounds weight of lead, being a less [sic] quantity and weight than as a dealer in old metals he was authorised by law to purchase or receive. The defendant was also summoned for having failed to keep and make an entry in his books of same as to the person from whom same was purchased.
   Head-constable Cantillon said he proceeded under the 13th section of the Prevention of Crimes Act. He deposed that acting upon information he received of a quantity of lead that was stolen from the warehouse of Messrs. Scott, Patrick's-quay, he went with Mr., Scott to Mr. Hegarty's marine store, Bowling Green-street, and discovered there 28lbs of lead, when the servant said she had purchased it from a woman in the country whose name she said she did not know. The greater part of the lead, which was in four parts, appeared to be newly cut.
   Mr. Blake, who appeared for the defendant, said he was satisfied to plead guilty to one of the summonses if the other was withdrawn.
   Head-constable Cantillon refused to adopt this course, as he said he was sure this was the lead that had been stolen from Mr. Scott, and he (the head-constable) said that it was a man had sold the lead instead of a woman as the servant pretended.
   For the defence Mr. Blake submitted that the lead was bought by the servant in the absence of the defendant. The lead was bought with a quantity of rags, a penny per pound being allowed for them. Mr. Hegarty, who was a respectable man, thought it better to plead guilty to the offence trusting that his good character would have its weight with their worships.
   Their worships under these circumstances imposed the lightest penalty they could, 10s in each case.
   Mr. Mitchell announced that the arms licenses for the city would be granted at the County Grand Jury Room at 11 o'clock to-day.
Killorglin, Tuesday    
   The presiding justices at these petty sessions to-day were —E. M'Gillycuddy Eagar (in the chair) ; The M'Gillycuddy of the Reeks, R. Fitzgerald Day, G. D. Bodkin, and Captain Magill.
The Queen at the prosecution of Constable
Waters v. Timothy and Mary Foley
   Mr. T. M'Gillycuddy appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. T. M'Carthy (instructed by Mr. P. F. Doyle, President of the Tuogh Land League) appeared for the defence.
   Mr. M'Gillycuddy, in opening the case, said that the charge on the summons was that on the 30th May, 1880, the defendants took forcible possession of a house situated at Knounknewre, in the county of Kerry. Possession was demanded on the 4th and 24th March last, and they (the defendants) refused to give it. He produced the decree under which the sheriff took up the possession of the place on the part of the landlord (the Marquis of Landsdowne) and he submitted that when he proved the facts of the case their worships would send the case for trial.
   Mr. Thomas Taylor, of Kenmare, was examined. He said he was sub agent to the Marquis of Landsdowne. On the 29th of march, 1880, he got possession of those lands formally from the sheriff. He got up the house and put a lock on the door. He left a man in charge of the place. He subsequently went on the lands and found the defendant and his wife in an out house. He asked them to leave, and they refused. He went a second time on the lands and he found them in the dwelling house. They then refused to leave also. On the 4th and 24th March he asked them to leave the house and they refused.
   To Mr. M'Carthy—He left no one in the house. He left the people in the yard. He sent a man to drive the cattle off the lands. He saw that man drive the cattle off the lands to the public road.
   A man named Patrick Foley deposed that he was left in charge of those lands. He had the door of the dwelling house locked. He saw the defendants in possession of a little cabin, and that afterwards they went into the dwelling house.
   Mr. M'Carthy said that Mr. Justice Fitzgerald had decided that where parties were found in the possession of a place it does not go to prove the offence in the meaning of the statute.
   The Chairman said the facts of the case were very simple, and they had only to send the case for trial.
   Mr. M'Gillycuddy took upon himself the responsibility of withdrawing the case if the defendants gave the place up before the next court day. This they (defendants) refused to do, and the case was sent for trial to the next Summer Assizes. The woman was not returned and substantial bails were accepted.
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