HC Deb 19 March 1883 vol 277 c798

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he can now state the circumstances connected with the inquest held in the Criminal Lunatic Asylum at Dun-drum; and, whether it is true, as alleged, that the coroner tried to force the jury to change their verdict by threatening to lock them up for the night?


Sir, I am informed that it is true that the coroner threatened to lock up the jury unless they agreed to a verdict, and that he afterwards said that being neighbours he would set them free. The coroner is not an officer of the Executive Government; but there is no objection to the depositions at the inquest and the finding of the jury being laid on the Table if the hon. Member wishes to move for them.