Reverend James Hudson Murder Trial: Accused Found Guilty Despite Defense Claims of Intoxication, Shocks Limerick Community

In a tragic incident that took place on May 27th, 1900 in County Limerick, Reverend James William Hudson, the rector of Clarina was found murdered. In a trial held on Saturday, July 21st, the accused, Thomas Smith, was found guilty of the murder. The defense team argued that Smith was not liable for his actions due to his heavy drinking, but the jury rejected this claim and deemed him fit for the murder. Judge Kenny has ordered Smith to be held in custody until the pleasure of Her Majesty is determined. This is a sad incident that has shaken the community, leaving a deep impact on the people of Limerick.

Belfast News-Letter – Monday 09 July 1900

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