The Limerick Assizes were the scene of frustration on Tuesday when, for the third time, the jury failed to reach a verdict in the murder trial of John Sullivan, an agricultural laborer. Mr Justice Andrews presided over the case, where Sullivan stood accused of the willful murder of fellow laborer, Michael Clifford, at Kilbane in September last year.
Although the two men were not on friendly terms, they shared the same sleeping quarters. Clifford was found dead with his throat cut, and Sullivan sustained a minor throat injury. A razor, which Sullivan admitted to owning, is believed to have been the weapon used in the gruesome incident.
With yet another jury unable to reach a consensus, the beleaguered prisoner has been returned to his cell to await the decision of the court on the next steps in this drawn-out and highly contentious case.
Derby Daily Telegraph – Wednesday 10 July 1901