One of the Ulster Railway constabulary, named William Laverty, charged a car-driver, named Slavin, with committing a violent assault upon him on the pre vious evening.
Laverty, examined by Mr. Birney, who appeared for the prosecution, said-- About a month ago, I made a complaint against the defendant Slavin of drunkeness and disorderly conduct, in consequence of which he lost his license. On yesterday evening, after the last Dublin train had arrived, the defendant was in the station, and I ordered him to go away. He refused, and threatened to knock my eyes out. I then took him by the arm to remove him, and he instantly struck me, and attempted to trip me. I got a man to assist me in removing him. He kicked me several times. I gave him no provocation.
Slavin stated that Laverty never spoke to him till he caught him by the neck.
Laverty denied this statement on his oath, and said that he told him to go away several times.
It was stated that Laverty was very turbulent and violent in the Police-office.
The Mayor said that the defence set up rendered the case much worse; that it was a very violent assault; for which was to pay a fine of £4, or to be imprisoned for two months.
Belfast (Ireland) News-Letter, September 22, 1852.
Presumably it was Slavin who was "very turbulent and violent in the Police-office."