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Tyrone Assizes, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland March 1840

Extracted from the Northern Whig March 17 1840
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia



Omagh, Tuesday, March 10

Robert Crawford, Margaret Crawford and Robert Mulligan for stealing three pigs at Fintona, on the 22nd Jan., the property of Michael Halfpenny. Not Guilty

Thomas Lucas for assaulting ________Patton. Guilty of a common assault. Sentence not passed.

Francis Campbell, for assaulting Sarah Anne Clements with intent to commit a rape on her person at Mullaghmarget. The prisoner was a mere boy, apparently not more than 14 years of age, and of weak intellect. The prosecutrix was a child of 9 years of age. Not guilty

Wednesday March 11


Hugh Murphy was brought forward, and charged with committing a rape on the person of Mary Anne Kane; also robbing her of a handkerchief and three sixpences. The case came on for trial at the previous assizes; but, in consequence of some material witnesses not being summoned to attend, it was postponed. The Court was occupied in the hearing of it from ten in the morning till five in the afternoon, when the Jury retired, and brought in a verdict of guilty; with a recommendation to mercy, on account of the good character which the prisoner received from some of the most influential gentlemen in Omagh and Ballygawley.

Joseph McCaughey for having in his possession a pair of blankets, a sheet, and several other articles, knowing same to have been stolen. – Guilty

Thursday, March 12

A little after ten o’clock, Baron Foster took his seat in the Crown Court, when the following cases were proceeded with: - James Dunn, for assaulting George McConnell and Edward Kane, water-keepers at Corick water, on the night of the 24th Nov. 1838. Guilty.


Terence Rocks, was indicted for having on the 10th of November 1834, married Elizabeth McCullogh, his wife, Anne Bradley, being then alive. Guilty.

Henry McDonnell, for attempting to defraud the Loan Fund Society of Dungannon, by forging the names of Hugh Blair and Patrick Campbell, as sureties. Guilty.

Michael Branigan, indicted for forging the mark of Michael McCoey, in the book at the Dungannon Loan Fund, with intent to defraud. Not guilty.

Owen McGlinchy and Patrick Conolly, for assaulting Francis Kerrigan, at Lisnacloon, on the 30th October last. Guilty.


John Rodgers, was indicted for being a member of an illegal Association. The indictment to this, contained eight counts, some of them charging him with holding a secret correspondence, of an illegal nature, with a man named Richard Jones, and others with being a member of a certain illegal Society, and having in his possession purporting to be signs and passwords belonging to said Society and other texts and covenants connected with the same against the peace &c. On the application of the prisoner, the trial was postponed till next assizes.

Michael O’Donnell, of Dromore, was indicted for an offence similar to that of Rodgers; but this was also postponed.


James O’Donnell, for having, about seven years ago, on the morning of the 13th July, maimed and wounded Hiram Heany, with a sword, at Moy. Not guilty.

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