Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

2 July, 1889  


A dastardly outrage, committed near Lurgan on Easter Monday night, resulted in the death of the victim, a man named Alexander M'Kenzie, in Lurgan Workhouse Infirmary on Sunday.

The deceased, whose age was fifty-two years, was a married man, for some time past he has been employed as a journey man damask weaver in the townland of Tiersogue, near Waringstow,. while his wife and family were residing in Belfast. M'Kenzie was in this town on Easter Monday, and left Queen Street shortly after 9 O'clock p.m. under the influence of drink. After proceeding some distance along the Waringstown road he was assailed by a number of men by whom he was beaten in a brutal and unmerciful manner, his face being bruised and his eyes blackened. Not content with this, they then tore all the clothing off his body, and dragged him to and fro over a strip of broken stones, at the same time inflicting kicks and blows on his person. This according to the statement of the deceased, did not terminate his torture, for his assailants forced him through a thorn hedge until his limbs and every part of his body were shockingly lacerated. He was subsequently found lying on the highway in an unconscious state, and carried to the house of a man named Hunter, where he "was put to bed, but on the following day it was found almost impossible to separate the bed clothing from the numerous wounds on his body.

On being removed to the Infirmary, Dr. Adamson, J.P., left nothing undone to alleviate the sufferings of the unfortunate man, who succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. Several persons are suspected, and arrests will be made.


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