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Lurgan Petty Sessions 1900

Lurgan Petty Sessions.

The Belfast News-Letter,
Wednesday, September 19,


LURGAN – These sessions were held in the Courthouse, yesterday, before Messrs. John McNally, J.P. (in the chair); T. D. Gibson, R.M.; James Johnston, J.P., and James McClimond, J.P.

A young man named William Fibbin, was ordered to undergo three months’ imprisonment, in default of finding bail, for violent behaviour at his mother’s residence in Dougher, their Worships giving the prisoner twenty-four hours to leave the country.

Patrick Doyle was summoned by Head Constable McCabe, for having on Sunday, 9th inst., unlawfully sold intoxicating liquor – to wit. porter – on his licensed premises in Market Street, Lurgan, to one John Smith, who was not an inmate, servant or lodger on the said premises, nor a bono-fide traveller. The complainant conducted the prosecution, and Mr. O’Reilly defended. Acting Sergeant Kelly said he saw Smith leaving the defendant’s back premises at 1-50 p.m. on the day in question, and when he saw witness he ran away. Witness ran after him, and saw him throw two bottles over a wall, and on searching the place into which the bottles were thrown, witness found two bottles of porter (produced) labelled under defendant’s name. Witness afterwards saw Mr. Doyle, who said it was not with his consent. The defence was that Smith (who was ordered to leave witness box) found the bottles in defendant’s yard, which was not enclosed. Mr. O’Reilly said the premises had been recently erected by the defendant at a cost of £3,000, and contended that there was no evidence to sustain a conviction. The Court ordered the defendant to pay a fine of £5, with the option of one month’s imprisonment, the conviction not to be recorded on the license, and Smith was fined in 10s, or seven days in jail. Mr. O’Reilly asked to have a case stated.
Mr. Gibson — You have the right of appeal.
Mr. Reilly — But we are entitled to have a case stated.
Mr. Gibson — We won’t state a case.
Mr. O’Reilly —  We can get a mandamus to compel you.
Mr. O’Reilly give notice of appeal.

Mr. T. G. Menary applied on behalf of Elizabeth Lennon, John Hagan, and John McCorry for spirit-grocery licenses for various districts in Montiaghs. The applications were opposed by Dr. J. R. Kerr, Barrister-at-law (instructed by Mr. John Magee, Belfast); Mr. H. Hayes, and the constabulary. The first two applications were refused, and the latter was withdrawn. 


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