County of Cavan Assizes from the Belfast Commercial Chronicle 4 Apr 1807 Patrick DOYLE otherwise DOW and Michael MAGLIN were convicted of the murder James TAYLOR, on the 31st July last. This barbarous act appeared have been committed in the mountainous district near Swadlinbar. The deceased had been together with the prisoners, who were his tenants, at the house of their head landlord, where some disputes arose respecting rent due by the prisoners to the deceased, for which he threatened to distrain. Their shortest way homewards lay across unfrequented mountain; the prisoners set out first, and were seen passing through the mountain. The deceased was advised not to pursue the same tract, but take a more circuitous route, for the purpose avoiding the prisoners, whose wicked designs were suspected. but neglecting this hint, followed them. The prisoners arrived at their own houses, but the deceased was not heard from for three days; when his friends proposed to search for him in the mountain, and the prisoners, among others, were called upon to assist.they attended, and endeavored to draw the party from the place where the murder had been perpetrated but in this they failed. - the body was in a miserably mangled state; and the mouth and throat were stuffed full of moss and clay. A chain of minute but concurring circumstances brought the crime home to the prisoners; and if any doubt of their guilt remained, it was removed their full confession. Mr. Justice MAINE with much feeling, and becoming solemnity passed the dreadful sentence of the law, and they were ordered for execution the 23d ult.
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