HC Deb 08 April 1884 vol 287 c26

asked Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, If it is a fact that the Crown entered a nolle prosequi against one of Lord Ardilaun's bailiffs, who fired at and wounded two men who cut a bit of stick for aboat's row lock on his lordship's property; and, if another of them who pleaded guilty was released on his own recognisances?


The Crown did not enter a nolls prosequi against anyone. Two of Lord Ardilaun's keepers having come upon two men trespassing upon his Lordship's property and cutting rods, a scuffle took place, during which an attempt was made to upset the keeper's boat. The gun of one was fired—whether accidentally or not was a question—in the dispute, and the two men were wounded. This keeper was put upon his trial and pleaded guilty, and afterwards, by an arrangement made with the men wounded, which was sanctioned by the Judge, he was allowed out on his own recognizances on his paying in Court £40 to one of the men and £20 to the other. The other keeper pleaded guilty to a common assault, and as he did not fire any shot he was allowed out on his own recognizances.