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County of Down Assizes.

Crown Court.

Tuesday, March 25 [1834].


P[unreadable word] Jury – Owen McMullan, foreman; Robt. McClelland, jun.. George Breen, Hugh Taylor, John Woods, Edward Reilly, Waring Curran, Alexander McNeight, Bernard Coleman, Alex Waddell, Robert Denvir, Thomas McClelland.


Patrick McGinty, for obtaining a silver watch, under false pretences, from Ann Donaldson, the property of Michael Ferrie, at Rostrevor, 1st Feb. last. It appeared that Ferrie gave the watch to a man called Donaldson, who is a carman, to take to Newry to get cleaned, and on his return he gave it to his wife to give to Ferrie; on the 1st Feb. the prisoner had came to her and said ferrie had sent him for his watch. It also appeared that the prisoner, a few days before, came to Ferrie’s house, with whom he had been acquainted about five years before, and said that he had been shipwrecked coming from America, and Ferrie kept him two days; and on the morning in question he heard Ferrie talking to his little daughter about going for his watch. Ferrie gave him and his family a good character, and hoped his Lordship would be lenient. Guilty.


John Withers, for Stealing 1 cwt of oatmeal, the property of Mr John McBurney, at Saintfield, on 1st Dec 1832. Guilty.


Mark Quin, for a malicious assault on Bernard Cull, at Killowen, on 9th Oct. last, so as to endanger his life; also for a common assault. – It appeared that the prosecutor and another person named McLester, were walking up the street together, when they met the prisoner and a person called White, and the prisoner used some offensive expression to the prosecutor, when he was told they wanted nothing to do with them; and on getting Mckettican’s back turned, he pulled something out of his pocket and struck him on the back of the head with it. – The doctor who attended him swore that at first the wound assumed a dangerous appearance, but afterwards shortly healed up. –Guilty of common assault.


Patrick McGreavy, for robbing John Ennis of a pocket-book and several sums of money, near Portaferry, on 29th November last. Guilty.


Henry Goodwin, for a malicious assault on John Meaney, at Dromore, on 31st Oct. [1834] with intent to do him some bodily injury; also for a common assault. It appeared that the prosecutor and two other men were going to a house about a mile out of Dromore, when they met the prisoner and a man named Dixon, and when they came forward, the prisoner said he could beat any one among them; the prosecutor and his party advised them to go home, and went a little up the road, when the prisoner followed and drew a pair of scissors and stabbed Meany in the belly. Guilty.


{source: The Northern Herald, 29th March 1834, page 212}