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Injury To A Horse Case At The Assizes

Today, at the Limerick Assizes, the Limerick County Council appealed against the decision of the County Court Judge, which granted £11 as compensation to Michael Bourke for the alleged malicious cutting of a horse’s throat. Representing the appellants were Mr Lynch, B.I., and Mr Atkinson, B.L. Mr Kelly, A.L., appeared on behalf of the respondent.

The applicant presented evidence to support his claim that he was unpopular due to his involvement in driving the police during evictions, among other things. During cross-examination, he mentioned that one of his witnesses was the president of the local branch of the United Irish League.

Constable G. Hara testified that he was aware of an investigation into an alleged assault on Bourke when he drove the police to an eviction, and it was concluded that there was no basis for the assault charge. Sergeant O’Brien expressed his opinion that the injury was not malicious. Despite driving the police, Bourke was generally popular, except for some minor jealousies.

A district inspector confirmed seeing the injured horse and opined that the injury was not malicious. His Lordship, the Chief Justice, overturned the decision of the County Court Judge, stating that he was not convinced it constituted a malicious injury within the meaning of the Act.

Limerick Echo – Tuesday 08 March 1904

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