§ MR. LONSDALE
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the fact that at Limerick quarter sessions £10 compensation was awarded to John Bowman, of Movine, Ardpatrick, for the malicious cutting off of the tails of two milch cows on the 22nd November; and whether any attempt was made to discover and punish the perpetrators of this crime.
The fact is as stated in the first part of the Question, save that the amount of the compensation awarded was £7 7s. The evidence of malice given at the hearing was that Bowman was not on friendly terms with certain of his neighbours, owing to disputes about trespass; and it did not appear that the case had any agrarian significance. The police made diligent inquiries into the matter, but did not succeed in discovering the offender.