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Officer responsible for 1916 murders released from prison
Captain Bowen-Colthurst during his trial in June 1916. Photo: Irish Life, June 1916. Full collection available in the National Library of Ireland

Officer responsible for 1916 murders released from prison

London, 6 February 1918 - The man responsible for the murder of three civilians during the Easter Rising has been released from Broadmoor Asylum.

Captain Bowen-Colthurst, who was tried by court-martial in June 1916, on charges connected with the shooting of Francis Sheehy Skeffington, Thomas Dickson and Patrick McIntyre at Portobello Barracks, was found guilty but insane.

Now after 20 months of detention, he has moved to a private hospital for nerve cases.

Broadmoor Asylum in the mid-19th century, from where Capt. Bowen-Colthurst has recently been released (Image: Illustrated London News [London, England], 24 Aug 1867)

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.