§ MR. O'MALLEY (Galway, Connemara)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that at a special Court held in Spiddal, on the 13th June, at which a man named Martin Naughten was committed to Galway Gaol on a charge of murder, it was sworn that the prisoner had been arrested by Head Constable Gerrity, although the prisoner had actually been arrested and cautioned by Constable Glynn before the head constable's arrival; and, if so, will he explain why Constable Glynn was not produced at the petty sessions to testify to the circumstances of the arrest.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) Constable Glynn formed one of a party of police acting under Head Constable Gerrity. Constable Glynn discovered the prisoner in hiding, but the head constable charged and cautioned the prisoner. Both policemen were close to each other the entire time. The Crown solicitor did not think it necessary to examine at petty sessions both members of the police force, as the head constable's evidence covered every matter of importance.