Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Fireman Kills Daughter in Fit of Temper

A row between a man and wife led to their baby daughter being killed by a flying mug but the judge showed mercy when it came to sentencing.

On 26th May 1906 after having had too much to drink fireman Samuel Sweeney began an argument with his wife at their Dublin Street home, leading to him picking up a mug and throwing it at her. Unfortunately it hit their nine month old daughter on the head and she died from her injuries.

At the assizes on 2nd August Sweeney was found guilty but with a recommendation for mercy. The judge told him that he was a hard working man who gave way to temper and drink. However, as he had been on remand for two months he imposed a sentence that would mean an immediate release - seven days imprisonment.

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