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Two Men Charged with Wanton Damage to Train Property in County Limerick

In a recent legal proceeding that has caught the attention of the local community, two individuals, identified as Edward Hartigan and another man believed to be from Ardagh, County Limerick, found themselves facing charges filed by the Great Southern and Western Railway Company. The charges stem from an incident in which the two men allegedly caused wanton damage to a train during their journey from Junction the previous night.

The accusations against Hartigan and his companion include smashing three plate-glass side lights, damaging two door lights, and a ventilator, cutting a cushion in a third-class carriage, breaking a light rack, and damaging a mahogany advertisement frame. The estimated value of the damaged property has been assessed at 10 shillings.

The prosecution in this case is being spearheaded by Mr James Brady, representing the interests of the railway company. Inspector William Lumming has also been actively involved in the proceedings to ensure a thorough investigation.

The case took an interesting turn when Martin Fox, the guard of the train, testified about the behaviour of the accused individuals during their journey. Fox reported that Hartigan and his companion displayed disruptive and unruly behaviour throughout the train ride, which understandably caused alarm among other passengers.

What makes this case particularly intriguing is that, according to Fox’s testimony, the accused did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or any intoxicating substances. Nevertheless, their actions prompted Fox to issue a caution to them at Goold’s Cross due to their continued unruly conduct.

Upon the train’s arrival at Kingsbridge, a comprehensive assessment of the damage caused by the accused men was conducted. This assessment forms a critical part of the evidence in the ongoing legal proceedings.

As of now, the case has been adjourned, and both Edward Hartigan and his companion have been remanded until the next hearing, which is scheduled for Thursday. This adjournment allows for further investigation and deliberation before a final verdict is reached.

The charges brought against Hartigan and his companion are a matter of significant concern not only for the railway company but also for the broader community. Wanton damage to public property not only has financial implications but also disrupts the smooth operation of essential services and can cause distress to other passengers.

The legal process will play a crucial role in determining the culpability of the accused individuals and the appropriate consequences for their actions. The involvement of Mr James Brady and Inspector William Lumming underscores the seriousness with which the authorities are treating this case.

In conclusion, the charges brought against Edward Hartigan and another man for causing wanton damage to a train property in County Limerick are currently under legal scrutiny. The allegations include various acts of vandalism during their journey, which have been estimated to cost the railway company 10 shillings in damages. The disruptive behaviour of the accused, as testified by the train guard, adds an intriguing dimension to the case. As the legal proceedings continue, the community awaits the outcome and the determination of the consequences of these actions.

Northants Evening Telegraph – Saturday 30 March 1901