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Judge Adams Criticises Verdict as Limerick Jury Acquits Assault Suspect

During the Quarter Sessions today, the jury reached a verdict of “not guilty” in the case of Wm Buckley, who was charged with a grievous assault on Patrick Pency in Caherelly on July 27th. Judge Adams expressed his concern, stating that Buckley seemed to have a history of committing cruel and wicked assaults. He highlighted a lengthy list of convictions against the accused, including one that resulted in a three-year sentence of penal servitude. The judge found it perplexing that despite this record, Buckley had been acquitted. In a lighthearted remark, Judge Adams jokingly cautioned the jury against using weapons as a token of gratitude. The prisoner expressed thanks, to which the judge playfully replied, “Don’t mention it,” generating laughter in the courtroom.

Limerick Echo – Tuesday 04 October 1904