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Cavan Observer July 5, 1862

Thomas M’GINNELL and two brothers named GALLIGAN were charged with having assaulted Pat. GAFFNEY, on Tuesday, the 10th of June. GAFFNEY’s informations stated that on the 10th of June he was in SHERIDAN’s public house in this town, and saw the prisoners disputing about drink with the servant girl; M’GINNELL was about to strike the girl for taking off his cap, and he interfered to protect her, upon which some angry words passed between himself and M’GINNELL; on his way home in the evening he was overtaken by the prisoners and some others near Lough Bray, and severely beaten by them; they struck him with sticks, knocked him down, kicked him, broke two of his teeth, and M’GINNELL struck him with a loaded butt. In his informations GAFFNEY fully identified the prisoners, but now he appeared to be troubled with a bad memory, and did all in his power to screen them from punishment by asserting that he could not identify them as his assailants. Vain were all attempts to induce him to give a direct answer to any question, and it was only under the threat of having his recognizance estreated he was induced to identify M’GINNELL. A young man named Patrick REILLY, summoned by the police, and who had witnessed the assault, fully identified M’GINNELL and one of the GALLIGANs; the other he was not sure of. Constable NOLAN, of Crosskeys, proved that he searched for the prisoners several times, but they evaded justice until lately…..The Court considered the charge proved against M’GINNELL and one of the GALLIGANs, and sentenced them to one month’s imprisonment, with hard labour. The other prisoner received the “benefit of the doubt,” and the Chairman rebuked GAFFNEY for his attempt to defeat the ends of justice. GAFFNEY had to pay for the stamps, and REILLY was allowed 3s expenses.

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