Who killed the ducks?
At the Mullingar Petty Sessions today three men stood trial, charged with shooting wild ducks at Lyme on the 16th July. The men all denied the charge, arguing that they had gone out that night to hunt rats, and that none of them had been armed with a shotgun. Head Constable Hoye stated that he had spoken to the men in question on the evening of the 16th, but they had denied firing any shots. The following morning three dead ducks were found in the area where Hoye had spoken to the men, and he firmly believed that they were responsible.
The Chairman of the Petty Sessions concluded that the case warranted further investigation, and noted that poaching was an endemic problem in the area. However, he ruled that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case and set the men free.