Nenagh, July 30.
Pat. Hayes and John Slevin were put on trial for willful murder of Samuel Hardy, at Dolla, on 23d day July 1842. The offence with which the prisoners were charged occured at the close of the late special commission at Clonmel, and from the interest which it created the court was crowded to excess. The prisoners, both young men, particularly Slevin, who is not more than twenty years of age, pleaded not guilty. Witnesses having been examined for the prosecution, the case for the crown closed. Counsel for the prisoners called the attention of the court to the indictment, and argued that the crown should not press the case of murder, but take the prisoners' plea of guilty to an indictment which had been found, charging them with having stolen firearms from the dwelling of Mr. W. Hardy, it appearing that the prisoners were not the persons who struck the blow; to which course the counsel for the crown, after much discusslon, consented, and the bill for murder was then by consent, quashed, and the prisoners' plea of guilty received. Chief Justice Doherty made impressive and eloquent address to prisoners, and concluded by sentencing them to be severally transported for fifteen years.
Belfast (Ireland) News-Letter, August 9, 1842.