A farmer’s perjury
A farmer, Patrick Cleary, was arrested in Tullamore and brought before the court and charged with perjury. The perjury happened after cattle, belonging to David Sherlock, had been driven off his land by a farmer named Michael Corcoran. Having discovered his cattle gone, Mr Sherlock had begun exploring the local roads, where he met Mr Cleary, who told him that he had seen the cattle and that they were being driven along the road by Mr Corcoran. However, in court Cleary twice denied, under oath, that he had made the statement to Mr Sherlock. Judge Curran believed Cleary to be lying and ordered him taken into custody on the charge of perjury.