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Donemana Petty Sessions, Donagheady Parish, Co. Tyrone January 1870

Extracted from the Londonderry Sentinel, January 28, 1870
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia


DONEMANA PETTY SESSIONS – These sessions were held on Friday, the 21st inst., before ROBERT STEVENSON, Esq., J.P., CHARLES SEATON, Esq., J.P., and ROBERT BOND, Esq., J.P., G. HURST, Esq., S.I., R.I.C., was also present, and occupied a seat on the bench.

JOHN McLAUGHLIN, WILLIAM G. McLAUGHLIN, MARY McLAUGHLIN, ELIZA McLAUGHLIN and MARGARET McLAUGHLIN, all of Balix, were charged by JOSEPH SMITH and others, of Balix, for having taken forcible possession of a farm of land from which they had been ejected by the sheriff. There was also a charge of assault, preferred by JOSEPH SMITH, against three of the female defendants. The magistrates adjourned the cases to next Court day, in order to allow the parties to come to a settlement.

ROBERT DEERY of Ardcame, charged JOHN GOURLEY of same place, with having assaulted him at Ardcame, on the 16th inst. The defendant was charged 10s. and costs, with the alternative of fourteen days imprisonment.

JAMES McKENNA, Glenroan, sheriff’s bailiff, preferred a charge of rescue and assault against MICHAEL KANE, sen., MICHAEL KANE, jun., NANCY KANE, FRANCIS KANE, BRIDGET KANE and ALICE KANE, all of Meendamph. This case was also adjourned to next Bench day.

JOHN HARKIN of Aghafad, licensed publican, was charged at the insistence of the Excise, with having on the 27th November last, sold wine, he not being duly licensed. The Bench fined Harkin in the mitigated penalty of £12 10s, and recommended to the Excise department a further reduction of £6. Several trespass and other trifling cases were then disposed of, after which the Court rose.