HC Deb 20 August 1889 vol 339 cc1763-4
MR. CAREW (Kildare, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the information of Timothy Shine, published in the Daily News of the 17th instant, and sworn at Newmarket Petty Sessions on the 16th instant, which alleges that a conspiracy to get up outrage and to murder Shine had been entered into between Sergeant Connolly (who is in charge of a police but on the farm from which Shine was evicted) and a man name Jeremiah D. Murphy, who supplies the police with provisions; whether a summons was granted at Newmarket Petty Sessions against Connolly and Murphy on the charge of conspiracy; whether Colonel Aldworth, J.P., had previously refused to grant a summons in this case; whether it is intended to have the alleged conspirators tried at ordinary Petty Sessions or under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act; and whether, pending the trial, Sergeant Connolly will be suspended from discharging the duties of a police officer?


The Constabulary Authorities report that Shine was brought before Colonel Aldworth, a local Justice of the Peace, charged with an attempted assault on Sergeant Connolly. The accused was let out on bail until Petty Sessions, to be held on 16th instant. When before Colonel Aldworth the man applied for a summons against the sergeant; but the Magistrate, in the exercise of his discretion, directed Shine to make his complaint in Petty Sessions. The Magistrates in Petty Sessions granted summonses against the sergeant and Murphy, and the whole matter, including the charge against Shine, was adjourned to Petty Sessions on 13th September. The proceedings are not under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act. The charge formulated by Shine against the sergeant is not one of conspiracy to murder, but to injure him. The Inspector General sees no reason to suspend the sergeant.