- The Cork Examiner, 7 December 1897
A respectable farmer
named Peter Sandys, from the County Meath,
was charged with arson. Mr Samuels, Q.C. addressed the jury at
length, setting forth the facts of the case.
A young boy named Wm Duff was called, and deposed that he was
with prisoner and saw him enter the yard, where a quantity of
hay was stored belonging to Mr M'Nally. He fell asleep, and
awoke to find the hay burning. Prisoner told him to keep quiet,
or he would "put a button in his mouth," and subsequently
threatened to shoot him if he said anything about the matter.
Sergeant M'Laughlan stated that he arrested the prisoner, and
heard him make a statement to the effect that he (prisoner) was
glad that M'Nally's hay was burned, and that he was sorry that
M'Nally himself was not in the fire too.
His Lordship, in summing up, said that one of the counsel for the
defence had stated that the policeman should have cautioned Sandys
when he was arrested. He (his Lordship) said he should not. The
late, eminent Chief Justice of England, Lord Cockburn, had stated
that the duty of a policeman was to "keep his mouth shut and his
ears open." He (his Lordship) thought the practice of cautioning
him an excellent on [sic], but he wished to inform them that the
policeman was not bound to do so.
The jury retired, and after a consultation announced that they
could not agree. His Lordship said that he would discharge them.
He would allow the prisoner out on bail in a sum of £200 and two
sureties of £100 each.
The Grand Jury found "no bill" against a cripple named Patrick
Kennedy for the manslaughter of his father at Ballytruckle. The
prisoner was discharged.
QUEENSTOWN PETTY SESSIONS--
Before Messrs A E Horn, R.M., in the chair, R F Coppinger,
E Fitzgerald, J Healy, and Col Curry.
Cornelius Connolly summoned Mrs Norah Regan for having
assaulted him on the 27th ult, by striking him in the
forehead with a stone and severely injuring him. Mrs
Regan had a cross-case against Connolly.
The litigants, who reside in the same house, and their
witnesses, were examined. Frokm their evidence it appeared
that on the date mentioned, Connolly in leaving the house made
some observations which Mrs Regan considered were an insult to
her. She followed him across the street, and assaulted him by
throwing stones at him, one of which struck and cut him severely
on the forehead.
Two artizans corroborated Connolly's statement as to the throwing
of the stones by Mrs Regan. She, however, denied she threw any
stones. A witness, on behalf of Mrs Regan, stated that she saw
Mrs Regan on the ground and Connolly tearing her by the hair of
her head and beating her.
The evidence of Connolly and Mrs Regan was most contradictory,
and were it not for the evidence of other witnesses the
magistrates would have had much difficulty in deciding the case.
After a lengthened consultation, the Bench decided that Mrs Regan
was principlally to blame, and fined her 20s and 4s costs. Mrs
Regan's cross-case against Connolly was dismissed. Mr A H Allen
appeared for Mrs Regan.
Mrs Kate Kearns was sent to gaol for 14 days, without the option
of a fine, at the suit of Constable Daly, for being drunk and
disorderly on the 2nd inst.
THE DROWNING NEAR FERMOY
An inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Rice on the body
of a little school girl named Hanora Chamberlain that was
drowned during play hour at Corrogurn, near Kilclooney.
Evidence was given to show that the child, who was only
eight years old, was trying to cross a narrow stream on
a narrow plank temporarily placed there when she fell off
of it and was drowned. The school mistress deposed that
the children were frequently warned against going to the
stream at all, and they seldom did. The Coroner pointed
out that teachers were bound to exercise great care when
in charge of children, and that during play hour they
should not be allowed to stray away. The jury found a
verdict of accidental drowning, adding a rider that no
blame attached to anyone.
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