HC Deb 15 May 1885 vol 298 cc614-5

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether a private inquiry was held at Wexford, on the 2nd May, into a statement made by a man named William Robert Perceval, on the 27th April, that he had been fired at near Ardeavan; whether he can state what evidence was taken at this inquiry; whether it is the fact that the constabulary have come to the conclusion that there is no truth whatever in Perceval's story; and, whether a prosecution will be instituted against Perceval?


Mr. Perceval, who is in occupation of an evicted farm, reported on the 27th ultimo that he had been fired at, while driving along the road, and an inquiry has been held, under the Prevention of Crime Act, with the result that his statement is corroborated by several witnesses, and the marks of shot and pellets have been found in his croydon. The police have come to no such conclusion as that alleged in the Question.