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Suspected Murder of John Forrest of Eskragh at Newtownsaville, Clogher, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland 1847

Extracted from the Weekly Vindicator (Belfast), November 27, 1847
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia

SUSPECTED MURDER AT NEWTOWNSAVILLE. – A man named JOHN FORREST, residing at Eskragh, near Newtownsaville, attended a horse race that took place in the district on Saturday last. Having drunk a quantity of spirits, so as to render himself partially intoxicated, he was accompanied for some distance on his way home by an acquaintance, named ALEX. McCAULEY, who, on leaving him, returned to Newtownsaville, to the house where Forrest had been drinking. He had not long returned when Forrest was brought in, his face and clothes covered in blood, which was running profusely from a wound in his head. It appeared that after he had received the injury, he had succeeded in making his way back to Newtownsaville, and was found in a state if insensibility at the door of the house in question and unable to give any satisfactory answer to the numerous questions which were put to him as to how he had received the wound. He was soon after conveyed to his own house, where he died on the night of Monday last, from the effects of the injury which he had received. It appears that Forrest had given some information regarding deserters who are concealed in the neighbourhood, and it is generally supposed that a connexion may be traced between this circumstance and the infliction of the wound which caused his death. – Tyrone Constitution.