HC Deb 16 June 1890 vol 345 c1041

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, in reference to the case of John Murphy, an emergency man, charged at last Conna Petty Sessions (County Cork) with "discharging a revolver on the public road," whether the mitigated penalty of £2 10s. and costs imposed on him by Colonel Longbourne, R.M., was reduced still further by the authorities; and, if so, by whom it was reduced, and for what reason; are the authorities aware that this man was convicted of sheep stealing; and will inquiries be made in future before granting licences to carry revolvers or other firearms?


The proceedings in this case were at the suit of the Excise Authorities. I understand that a recommendation for a remission of the penalty has been made to them, but I am not aware of the result. It is not a fact that Murphy was convicted of sheep stealing. He was accused of that offence, but the charge was dismissed.