Sisters committed to Carrickfergus Jail for stealing (1821)

The following persons had been committed to Carrickfergus Jail during this week in 1821 reported the News Letter.
Carrickfergus Castle. Picture: Brian Little/News Letter archivesCarrickfergus Castle. Picture: Brian Little/News Letter archives
Carrickfergus Castle. Picture: Brian Little/News Letter archives

Elizabeth and Mary Allen, “charged with stealing, livery coats, waistcoats, boots and a hat”, out of Mr Younghusband’s harness-room at Ballydrain in the night of June 4, 1821.

The report continued: “They were detected in town with their booty, between four and five o’clock on Friday morning by one of the constables of the watch.”

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John Parkhill, “charged by the verdict of a coroner’s inquest with giving George Williamson a blow on the head, on the 1st of April, which caused his death on the 12th following.”

Parkhill was apprehended in his house by a constable of the watch, “after threatening some resistance”.

John Hull, “charged with breaking into and robbing Mr Gamble’s store”.

Of Hull it was noted: “He was employed for some time as a sawyer in Mr Gamble’s yard, and had concealed himself in the stable the evening previous the robbery; the store being inclosed [sic] by high walls he could neither be seen nor heard by the watchman; but by much perseverance on the part of Mr Gamble and the police, a chain of such conclusive evidence was established against him, as justified his being fully committed.”

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