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foul a charge. If you are not for two years; and that his fully satisfied of his guilt, you daughters, Sarah and Susannah, will acquit him by your verdict. should each be imprisoned one The same observation applies to year in the same gaol. the daughters; but if you think The defendants seemed deeply they were all privy to the con- affected with their situation. Mr. spiracy, you will find your verdict Woodward is a man about 50 years accordingly.
of age. His eldest daughter, The jury, after a few minutes Sarah, has nothing prepossessing, consultation, found all the defend- in her manners or person, and is ants Guilty.
about 25. The youngest, SusanMr. Baron Graham immediately nah, is rather a pretty girl, of fair proceeded to pronounce sentence complexion. Their fate has exon the defendants. He observed, cited but very little commiseration that during the whole of his ju- in the county. dicial life he never felt more pain than in the performance of his duty on the present occasion. It
COUNTY Meath ASSIZES. was impossible to imagine a case Trial of Roger O'Connor, Esq. more melancholy than that which Second Day, Tuesday, Aug. 5. was now before him: a clergyman A few minutes after nineo'clock of the Church of England, a cha- this morning, Mr. Justice Daly racter which stood so high in this resumed his seat on the bench, country, convicted on the clearest and the trial of Mr. O'Connor was and most satisfactory evidence, of immediately proceeded in. of the most abominable and atro- When the officers of the court cious conspiracy-a crime which had taken their places at the table, became still more dreadful from Benjamin Rikey, Esq. the Deputy his having induced his two unfor. Clerk of the Crown, inquired, as tunate daughters to follow him in is usual in cases where more than his career, and to bear a part in his one prisoner is arraigned for the foul load of infamy. He confessed game offence, whether he (O'Conbe knewy not how to do justice. nor) would join with his alleged Compassion for the infirmities of coadjutor in the felony, in the human nature might induce him challenges ? Ile answered, that to alleviate the severity of punish- he would not. ment; but in this case all com. It was then intimated to him passion was swallowed up in the by Mr. Rikey, that he would be contemplation of the scene before tried separately from Martin him-a scene which presented to M'Keon, who had just arrived in his view a man, who, in spite of the custody of the under gaoler, the benefits of education, and the and taken his station in the deck. dictates of religion, had sunk to Notwithstanding this intiination, the last degree of human crime. the trial of M'Keon was sulse
The sentence of the court was, quently proceeded in. that the Rev. Robert Woodward Some desultory conversation should be imprisoned in the com- here ensued, between the counsel mon gaol of the county of Bedford for the prosecution and Mr. Binnett, one of Mr. O'Connor's coun- draw, until respectively called sel, in reference to the panel, and upon to give evidence. In this to the manner of the challenges; arrangement the court and counand after the usual formalities, the sel for the prosecution readily names of the panel, which were acquiesced, and they, the witnesvery numerous, were called over, ses, were ordered to retire accordon a fine of fifty pounds. . ingly.
A considerable portion of time The indictment having been read, was consumed in recalling the Mr. Sergeant Jebb, as leading panel, and owing to the many counsel for the prosecution, stated challenges made on behalf of the the case against the prisoners. The crown and prisoners. Notwith- learned counsel confined bimself to standing the number that ap-' a simple relation of the facts which peared to their names, the panel grounded the alleged charges of became exhausted, and it was now felony, and adverted in brief terms found necessary in order to con- to the evidence and circumstances plete the jury (four of the number upon which he was instructed those of which were yet deficient) to charges would be sustained. In select from those challenged, pre reference to Mr. O'Connor, perviously to the following gentle sonally, he regretted, as much as men, who tried the issue, being any individual even amongst the sworn :
friends of that unfortunate GenJohn Ruxton, Esq.. tleman, the unbappy situation in Henry Walsh, Esq.
which he was placed ; and symJames Kellett, Esq...!?? lo pathizing, as he did, in common Henry Owens, Esq. ? with those around him, in its painWilliam Henry, Esq. !. fulness, he declared he should feel Christopher Carleton, Esq. the most sincere gratification in his John Ross, Esq.
acquittal. Frederick Dyas, Esq.
Mr. Bartholomew St. Leger, of Robert Sterne Tighe, Esq. Dublin, coal-factor, was the farst 15Thomas E. Barnes, Esq. witness called. He was the person
John Otway Cuffe, Esq. and from whom the watch and keys, ni James Somerville, Esq. for which the prisoners were ar
The four gentlemen last men- raigned, were stolen, and he merely tioned were those who had been proved that the mail was robbed objected to by the crown, but were on the 2d of October, 1812, at called and sworn after the panel Cappagh-hill; that he was a paswas exhausted.
senger; and that these articles The jury having been sworn, the were taken from him. prisoners were formally given them The next witnesses were Jolin in charge.
.. Pollock, and Arthur Hill CornIt was suggested by Mr. O'Con- wallis Pollock: Esqrs. Clerk of the nor's counsel, that lists of the Crown for the province of Leinster, several witnesses to be examined who proved the record of the conon either side should be handed viction of Richard Waring (brother in to the judge, in order that they to one of the approvers) for the mail might be conimanded to withs robbery in question.
Michael Owens, the chief infor- exception of M‘Keon, repaired mer, was the next witness. He towards Cappagh-hill; Daniel commenced by stating that he Warren met them on the way. knew Mr. O'Connor, and was in When they had arrived near their his employment as labourer; re- destination, witness dispatched all collected the robbery of the mail the party but Shaw to the turnon the day laid in the indictment; pike-gate to tie it up, and to take was one of the party who robbed; away any arms that might be in that previous to the robberyM'Keon the turnpike-house. The gate was called upon hiin, and stated that secured, but before the house could Mr. O'Connor wanted to see him; be ransacked the coach approachthat on his going to Dangan, Mr. ed. It was challenged to stop, on O'Connor asked him whether he which the passengers called out would join in robbing the Galway to the guard to fire, and all the mail; the witness replied he would, party but witness and Shaw retired. but had not arms enough; that The latter fired upon the guard Mr. O'Connor said that he would and killed him. He then mounted provide arms; that witness said he to the seat of the deceased, "threw wanted men also, having only four him over," and took away the or five at command; that Mr. bags. All this time the witness O'Connor mentioned that Heavy stood at the head of the horses. and Savage, two persons who had The party that retreated soon came escaped from Trim gaol, and were up, and proceeded to drag out the then in the wood of Dangan, passengers and rifle their pockets. would join ; that after consiiler. There was only one passenger reable consultation with Mr. O'Con- spectéd, and he was a priest. Havnor, it was finally agreed that the ing accomplished their purpose, following should be the persons they all returned to Dangan. Mr. employed the two Warings O'Connor was the person who re(Richard and Daniel), the two ceived the party. On opening the Owenses (Michael and John], Ca- gate he expressed a hope that they hír and Shaw, Heavy and Savage, had had good luck. He then called and the prisoner M'Keon. That M Keen, who was his gate-keeper, it was settled that all these should and all the party proceeded to a assemble at Dangan on the even- private part of the demesne, termed ing of the robbery; that they all Saints' Island: they there waited did meet, with the exception of until day-light, and then proceedDaniel Waring (the other appro- ed to ascertain the nature of their ver); that M‘Keon was the person booty. O'Connor sat on a ditch, who opened the gate for them. and the remainder of the party on After a consultation Mr. O'Con- the grass under him. By O'Connor brought witness down to the nor's direction they placed a hat in stable-yard, and delivered the ne- the centre of the group, and decessary arms, together with 18 posited all the money in it. O'Corirounds of ball-cartridge, and a nor next proceeded to divide the paper of gunpowder. Witness booty. Each man's share of the proceeded to state, that all the notes taken out of the letters party, thus provided, with the amounted to 4501. Each person's
share share of the money taken from The Captain stated the object of the passengers amounted to sol. the visit to be, to know whether O'Connor took the same propor- he (the witness) had ever said that tion which the others got; but he he intended to go down to Meath, compelled Heavy and Savage to to try whether he could get a shot pay hini 100l. each for the pro- at him (Mockler). Witness denied tection he had afforded them when he had ever spoken of or intended they had broken out of Trim gaol: any such thing. Mockler said he the arms they brought back to believed him, though he was told Dangan, O'Connor saying they that he had such a purpose in would answer for the attack on view. Mockler then proceeded to the Enniskillen coach, which was make some remarks, from which then intended, it having been un- witness understood that there derstood that it was conveying would be some hopes of pardon if money to the army. Witness had he made a discovery. Witness been sworn to secrecy by O'Con- thereupon observed, that as for nor on the 1st of January, 1819. Mr. O'Connor he had always given The object was, that he should rob him the best advice, and that he for arms, and become a Carder. would not be where he was if he A part of the oath pledged those had taken the advice. Witness who took it “ not to pity the was asked, whether it was true moans or groans of Orange-men, that O'Connor had given him but to wade knee deep in their the advice, and he answered, it blood." O'Connor stated, that was not true. He was then asked when he should have a suthcient by a juror, whether at the time number of Carders embodied, he he made that statement to Mockler, would surprise the plans of Go- bis clergyman had not been attendvernment. Witness had been tried ing him, and for a considerable for the mail-robbery, and murder time previous, and whether he of the guard, and was acquitted. had not received the sacrament He then went to the county Cavan, from him ; to which he replied, and was arrested and tried there that his clergyman, Dr. Lube, for passing some of the notes had been attending him nearly which had been taken out of the three weeks, and that he had admail, but was acquitted. He was ministered the sacrament to him afterwards taken up for a rob- different times. The day of exebery in the county of Dublin, and cution was drawing near, and was tried, convicted, and sen- Dr. Lube had held out no hopes tenced to death in February, 1817. of his being saved: and that notAbout three weeks after the sen- withstanding all these circumtence he gave information. He stances he told the falsehood to had been attended by his clergy. Mr. Mockler, not wishing to imman, and had made his confession plicate Mr O'Connor. The day in consequence of the advice he after the conversation with Mr. received from him. A Captain Mockler, Dr. Lube had called on Mockler had called on him at Kil- him. Witness then told him he mainham, a few days previous to had something particular to comthe day appointed for bis cxecution. municate ; that hopes of pardon
had been held ont to him, if he a false oath ; it would, neverthewould give information, and wished less, be better to break the Cardto know whether it would be cri- ers' oath, which he had taken, minal in him to give information than keep it. He admitted, he against his accomplices. Dr. Lube was never employed to work dianswered, it would be doing a rectly by Mr. O'Connor, but was good act to rid the country of such employed by M'Keon, who was characters, and advised him to give Mr. O'Connor's task-man; M'Kethe information. Witness then on was not present at the dividing wrote to Captain Mockler, who of the booty, being employed in came to him; and he discloserl keeping the other workmen from every thing. Mockler was ac- the place where the booty was companied by Alderman Darley, divided. M.Keon had advised him who took witness's informations to have nothing to do with mail
On his cross-examination by robberies, as it was a bad business, Mr. Bennet, witness said he knew and would cost him his life. When there were such places as hell and he first called on Mr. O'Connor he heaven-that he expected to go to was not bound to secrecy. Mr. heaven. He was at so many rob. O'Connor merely asked him wheberies that he could not tell the ther he would join in robbing the number of them. One of the mail; he was not in the habit of blunderbusses found at Mr. O'Con- going into Mr. O'C's parlour ; nor's had been taken out of the when he met him on the demesne, house of Richard Warren, and he he generally put his hand to his was present on the occasion. He hat for Mr. O'C.; when he took assisted in taking the other blun- off his hat, Mr. O'C. would desire derbuss from the house of Garrett him to put it on again. The party Dunn Richardson, in 1812. He proceeded to open the letters, &c. was also present at the carding of about five in the morning, and had a man named Walsh. He held finished at eight; most of the Walsh while Waring carded him. party remained in the demesne of The reason of his being carded, Dangan until evening. Three of was, his having been understood the men had been hanged since to be a bad man in the parish, and the robbery. They died stout one who would not contribute to men, and gave no information the poor. He did not doubt but against Mr. O'Connor, although Walsh was a Catholic. He did they were not very stout in runnot mind what his religion was, ning away at the time of the atthough the vath administered by tack on the mail. He believed he Mr. O'Connor bound him not to was the stoutest man amongst mind the moans or groans of them, but he was not appointed Orange-men. He did not know captain of the gang. He had no whether himself or Waring the more command than others. He other approver) was the greater had taken potatoe-ground from villain. He was robbing since 21; Mr. O'Connor; Mr. O'C. would he is now 27, and thought he de- not allow the potatoes to be reserved hanging; it would be better moved until they were paid for ; for a man to be hanged than take was not at home when the refusal