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“Limerick Faces Legal Turmoil as Riot Case Takes Center Stage”

Limerick, Ireland – In a recent legal development, the city of Limerick finds itself grappling with the aftermath of a riot that unfolded during a political meeting on October 10th, resulting in charges against several individuals, including Michael Kavanagh and eight others. The courtroom drama unfolded as legal representatives sought an adjournment for the case during the current Assizes.

The prosecution, led by Mr J. W. Hynes and Mr R. McDermott, presented their case to the court. Initially, twelve individuals faced charges related to the riot. However, the Grand Jury dismissed charges against three of them, leaving nine to stand trial.

During the proceedings, Mr Hynes brought to the attention of the court the absence of six of the accused, prompting discussions about whether to seek an adjournment. Mr Sherlock, representing six of the accused, clarified that the remaining individuals were not represented. This led to a crucial decision by the presiding judge, who emphasized the necessity for representation or personal attendance for any adjournment request.

His Lordship, the presiding judge, asserted, “We could not apply for an adjournment unless there was somebody here to represent those who are absent. Or unless they are here in person themselves. If the three men absent do not attend, I will issue a bench warrant for their arrest.”

Subsequently, all nine accused individuals attended the court session. Mr Hynes then formally requested an adjournment from the ongoing Assizes for the riot case. The defence counsel did not cast any aspersions on the jurors of Limerick but raised concerns about the heated atmosphere surrounding the city and the potential impact on the jurors themselves. The suggestion was made to move the case to a different court for a fair and impartial hearing.

The charges stem from a riot that erupted during a political meeting, marking a turbulent episode in Limerick’s recent history. The legal proceedings are closely watched by both local residents and the wider community, as the accused face allegations related to their participation in the disturbance.

As the city awaits further developments in this legal saga, Limerick residents express a mix of concern and curiosity about the outcome. The decision to adjourn the case and potentially relocate it to another court reflects the delicate balance between ensuring a fair trial and addressing the heightened tensions within the community.

Limerick, known for its rich history and cultural heritage, now stands at the crossroads of legal deliberations, highlighting the challenges faced by both the accused and the justice system in navigating the aftermath of a significant riot.

Dublin Daily Express – Tuesday 10 December 1912

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