The Irish Times, 20 March 1878
(Before Mr. Justice Fitzgerald.)
A young lad named Richard Aherne, about 14 years of age, who pleaded guilty on the previous day of the manslaughter of James Power, a young lad with whom he had a falling out at Ballinacartha, was put forward for sentence. His lordship remarked that it was a bad case in one sense. It was a case in which unnecessary violence was used in a slight quarrel, but it was not a case in which to send the boy to the Reformatory. That punishment was only applicable where a boy was entering on a career of crime, and had nobody to look after him. He saw no use of imprisoning this boy, and would direct him to be handed over to his father, who should enter into his own recognizances to bring him up when called upon for sentence. He hoped it would be a caution to this youth. There was one thing that would follow him through his life, and that was the recollection that by his violence he deprived another boy, a playmate of his, of his life. The prisoner was then discharged.
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