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Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

9 March, 1843  

VERDICTS OF THE ASSIZES

The Right Honourable Chief Baron Brady entered the Court this morning at ten o'clock. The Commission having been made, and the Grand Jury re-sworn, The following persons were then sworn on the Petit Jury: John M'Waters, Robert M'Indoe, Woolsey Atkinson, John H. Cardwell, Thomas Sinclair, John Corry, Henry Blackham, John Simpson, Patrick Cavenagh, Thomas Smith, James Arnott, James Garland.

John Cooke, was then charged with absconding from the Lurgan Workhouse with a suit of clothes, the property of the Guardians of said Workhouse, on the 15th December last, acknowledged the offence.

Edward Jordan, who was charged with stealing, on 24th February last, four stones of potatoes, value 6d., the property of Thomas Shillington of Portadown, also submitted.

Hugh Agnew was charged with violating the person of Elizabeth M'Clelland, on 14th March, 1839, at Agnew's Loaning. The prosecutrixs not having made her appearance in Court when called, the prisoner was discharged.

James Craig was charged with having assaulted and violated at the person of Mary Jane Moore, on 13th November. The evidence in this case is altogether unsuitable for publication. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

James Magennis stood indicted with stealing, at Lurgan, one pound weight of tobacco, the property of William Johnston, but is to be tried on a new indictment.

THEFT.
Thomas Speirs, for stealing, on 18th February, a hammer, a pinch, and a pound-weight of iron nails, the property of Mr. Lillyman of Portadown.
Edward Cullen -- lives in Portadown; knows prisoner at the bar; saw him on 18th of February; he came into Mr. Lillyman's house to light his pipe; I went out to fasten two horse-shoes, and when I came in again I missed the articles in question; I accused the prisoner, and he denied them; I then put my hand to his pocket, and found something like a hammer; I then took him to the Police Office, and he was searched. Sub-Constable Thomas M'Caffrey -- Remembers the last witness; he came to me and charged the prisoner with stealing the articles laid in the indictment; produced those articles; he found them on the prisoner. Several witnesses were called who gave the prisoner an excellent character. He was found guilty.

Margaret Ryan was then charged with stealing two hens, value one shilling each, the property of Thomas Atkinson, on 17th February last. Submitted. The prisoner had formerly been accused of stealing fowls.

POCKET-PICKING.
John Tobin was charged with picking the pocket of Joseph Livingston, at Lurgan, on the 9th of February last. Joseph Livingston -- Remembers being in Lurgan on the 9th February; saw the prisoner that day; I lost nothing that day; I was beside a man who was showing his wears when I found the prisoner's hand in my pocket; he raised my purse up in my pocket; he dropt the purse and made off, but I gave chase and overtook him and took him in charge; He advised me to let him go, as it would give me a deal of trouble; I then give him a shake, and he was going off when I again got hold of him and give him in custody to a policeman. The prisoner was found guilty, and was sentenced to ten years' transportation.

UNLAWFUL PROCESSION.
William Williamson and Richard Simmons, for being in engaged in an unlawful prossession at Derryinver, on the 12th July last; also for creating a riot. Submitted. They were then ordered to enter into their own recognisances to keep the peace for two years. His LORDSHIP told the prisoners he had suggested this slight punishment on account of there being no other cases on the calendar of the same kind.

PERJURY.
Hugh O'Neal was charged with wilful and corrupt perjury, in so far as he, the said Hugh O'Neal, swore, before John Handcock, Esq., a Justice of the Peace for the county of Armagh, that he saw certain persons joining in an unlawful procession, on the 12th July last.
John Handcock, Esq., sworn -- I am a Justice of the Peace of the county of Armagh; I remember a charge being made against certain persons in the month of July last; I took the informations; I see the prisoner's mark; the Clerk of Petty Sessions read the information to him; I took other informations from the prisoner on the following day; the information produced is the one produced.
To the COURT -- The prisoner was perfectly sober; the prisoner was under examination for half an hour, and I think I would have seen whether he was drunk; the parties were arrested.
William Morris -- I was present when the examinations were read to the prisoner in Mr. Handcock's; saw him put his mark to both of them [identifies the informations]; thinks he was sober.
The Clerk of the Crown here read the informations. Jacob Halliday sworn -- Lives in Lurgan; was there on 12th July last; heard a drum early in the morning; went up to the battlement of the church; John Caroll was with me; I saw a party of men marching down Castle Lane and round the church; they then went out of town the same way as they came in; neither I nor Caroll joined the procession; Caroll was upon the battlement before me; he beckoned me up; saw the sexton in the church; we were up about half an hour; saw the prisoner that morning; I was taken prisoner on the 15th July, owing to the prisoner's information; I am a shoemaker. To the COURT -- I was put into Bridewell; the prisoner was brought to see me, and he identified me as one of the processionists. To the prisoner -- I did not say we had better go back to the church, as there would be informations against us. To the COURT -- The party broke up after the drums went away; I am quite sure there was no procession by me or any other persons in Lurgan; the drums caused a stir, but there was no procession.
John Caroll -- I saw an Orange procession when I got to the church; they left Lurgan the same way as they came in; I did not join the procession; I am a shoemaker; saw Halliday; he was on the tower of the church also. The prison addressed the jury in his own defence. The Chief Justice recapitulated the evidence; and the jury returned a verdict of guilty.

Margaret M'Gregor, for concealment of the birth of a male child. Submitted, and was discharged, as she had been in custody since the month of August last.

CASES OF THEFT.
Sarah Hanna, for stealing, on the 16th February last, and John Foster, Richhill, a sum of money amounting to about 20. John Foster -- lost some money in the month of February last, to the amount of about 20; some of the notes were of the Ulster Bank, Provincial Bank, &c.; they were taking from the below my pillow; cannot say at what time of night; saw some of them the Monday after; saw them first at Newry, in the possession of Mr. M'Cann. To the COURT -- the prisoner lived as a servant with me and my family for some time; I left her in the house when I went to Armagh; I have seen the notes before; those produced and some of them.
William M'Cann, of the Constabulary -- I got the notes on the person of the prisoner, on Saturday the 18th February; she was arrested in Newry. John Foster recalled -- To the COURT -- I am not aware how the prisoner got into my house; she could have got into the house without breaking the door or window; the prisoner knew I was selling wheat that day, as she was in the house when I went away to Armagh in the morning. The jury returned a verdict of guilty.

Eliza Young, from stealing from the person of John Cofield a silver watch and other articles, his property, on the 3d day of March.
John Cofield -- I live three-and-a-half miles out of Armagh; I was in Armagh on the 3d day of this month; I saw the prisoner on that night; she asked me if I would treat her; I said I had no objections if she would come into my brother's house; I sent her for some spirits; when she came back, I told her to go away, as I wanted to have nothing to do with her; I fell asleep until I was awakened by the watchman; I lost my watch and several other articles; saw them again in the custody of the police. The prisoner was found guilty.

John Gray, for stealing two horse collars, on 22d February last, the property of Robert Odgers. Robert Odgers -- Lost two collars; they were taken from my stable on 22d February; I saw the straps and buckles, but not the collars, on the second day after I lost them; they were in the custody of the police; I know the buckles; there might be other buckles made a similar kind. The prisoner called to witnesses whose for an alibi. He was found guilty.

Thomas Armstrong was charged with stealing a silver watch, the property of Robert Laughlan, on the Market-hill, Armagh, on the 20th January last. Robert Laughlan -- Knows the prisoner; saw him on Market-hill in the month of January last; the prisoner asked me what o'clock it was; I pulled my watch out, and the prisoner snapt it out of my hand and ran away with it; saw it in Newry after; it was pawned in Mr. Rice's; the watch produced is my property. Michael Moran -- I got the watch in Mr. Rice's, pawnbroker, Newry. The prisoner was found guilty.

John M'Phillips was indicted stealing four ducks, the property of the Rev. Thomas R. Robison, on the 1st February last. Anne Kennedy sworn -- I am servant to Dr. Robison; he lost four ducks in the beginning of February; the ducks were in the yard about four or five o'clock in the evening; I saw the prisoner come over the wall into the yard; I asked what he wanted there; I then called for some assistance; there were six ducks in the yard; the prisoner had two dead and two living ducks in his bag; he was not a yard from them.
Another witness was called, who substantiated the evidence of the former witnesses in every particular. The jury found the prisoner guilty.

Mary Kidd, for stealing, at Lurgan, two pigs, the property of John Kidd, on the 23rd day of February last. John Kidd examined -- I lost two pigs in the month of February last; I left them on the morning of the 23rd, when I went to Dublin, and came back on Saturday the 25th, and then missed them; I got the pigs again from the Sergeant of Constabulary; the prisoner is a niece of mine. John Guthrie -- Saw two pigs, in Lurgan, with a woman who said her name was Mary Kidd; after she sold them, I took her before Mr. Handcock; she then gave the name of Moore, by her husband; identifies the prisoner as the person. The prisoner was found guilty.

Armagh, Thursday, 9 March 1843

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