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Tyrone Assizes, Omagh, County Tyrone April 1862

Extracted from the Parliamentary Papers on Ireland (EPPI)
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by Teena

Omagh Assizes 11 Apr 1862

In the case of The Queen V Joseph Donnelly at the Tyrone Assizes 11 April 1862, Joseph Donnelly  submits a challenge to the array of the jury panel, to the court. He alleges that names submitted for Jurors by the Sheriff of co. Tyrone Samuel Wensley Blackall Esq. are not found in the Jury Book of Co. Tyrone or in any Jury Book (lists of Clerks of the Peace) lawfully in force.

It deemed them more likely to convict than to acquit the said prisoner, and because the said panel was so arrayed and returned by and through the agency of Charles M'Crossan, Esq. solicitor, sub-sheriff of the of the said county, John M 'Crossan, Esq., the brother of the said Charles M'Crossan, being the attorney for the next of kin of the deceased Patrick Hillon, and actively assisting in the prosecution, and interested in the conviction of the said prisoner.

C. C. Davidson is attorney for the prisoner (Joseph Donnelly)

Joseph Donnelly charged with Manslaughter

Justice Christian found the challenge was well founded and quashed the panel for that case.

28 names that had been submitted for Jurors -

Gilbert McHugh        Castlederg                   merchant
Francis O'Neill          Mount Pleasant           gentleman
Hugh Quinn              Creggan                      gentleman
James Quinn            Doneglass Bridge        gentleman
Francis McCrossan  Tullymuck                     farmer
John Cunningham    LisnamalIard                merchant
Neal Brown               Killeter                         merchant
John Garland            Fivemiletown                merchant
Patrick Martin            Fivemiletown               freeholder
Felix O'Neil Cosh      Killyman                       linen draper
Michael Quinn          Cookstown                    draper
Bernard Montague    Dungannon                   draper
Charles McShane                                          merchant
John Owens              Fivemiletown                merchant
Patrick Fitzpatrick      Ballygawley                  innkeeper
Felix O'Donnell          Glenherdias                  farmer
Alexander Mullen       Ballygawley                  merchant
James Graham          Mountjoy                       farmer
James Buchanan       Mayne                          farmer
George Buchanan      Dervar                          farmer
James Armstrong       Fintona                         merchant
John Graham             Strabane                       merchant
John Stewart              Lisky                             farmer
John Brown                Stragallion                    farmer
William Hamilton        Strabane                       innkeeper
Thomas Agnew          Dungannon                   merchant
Andrew Jack              Edergoll                         farmer
James Cluff                Cookstown                    cabinet-maker

More on the decision can be found in Hansard