HC Deb 23 July 1896 vol 43 c475

I beg to ask the Attorney General for Ireland, whether it has been brought to his notice that two youths, brothers, named Maguire, on trial for murder at the Omagh Assizes, have been twice daily escorted on foot, through the public streets, from the gaol to the courthouse, with large crowds of people collected on each side of the way to witness the procession; has it been the custom heretofore for the authorities at Omagh to convey prisoners charged with serious offences from the prison to the courthouse in a covered vehicle; and, what special reason, if any existed in this case, for a departure from that practice?


There is no foundation whatever for the statement that the prisoners referred to were marched through the streets to the gaol or courthouse. They were conveyed on each occasion in the prison van, a covered conveyance, in accordance with the usual practice.