The Irish Times, 11 January 1861
A wretched-looking man, named Thomas Ahern, was indicted for having, on the 29th December, dangerously assaulting one Mary Groves. Dr. Bannon, visiting physician of the Richmond Bridewell, deposed that he prisoner had been under his care on two or three different occasions. He believed him to be half-witted, or of unsound mind. The issue having been put to the jury, as to whether the prisoner was of sound or unsound mind, they returned a verdict that he was not of sound mind. He was accordingly ordered to be committed to jail, to await the orders of the Government in relation to him.
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