Carlow Morning Post, Jan 1863.
William Curran of Rutland, Carlow
summoned John Murphy for stealing his turnips.
Mr. Malcomson who appeared for
Curran said that Murphy was in the employment of Curran as a
daily labourer, and Curran missed turnips from time to time.
He was obliged to watch and on this
evening he caught this man taking turnips.
Curran was obliged to take this case
as there was a considerable quantity of turnips taken from
him this time back.
William Curran stated that this man
was in my employment for the last four years, on the 30th
December, I went home for my supper and shortly after going
home he saw Murphy in his field pulling turnips, he had hold
of three of them by the tops, I approached him , he said "Oh
Lord, Oh Lord, for a few turnips".
Defendant (Murphy) ---I am those
eight years in your employment, back and forward, and from
that day to this did you ever see me in any robbery?
Curran ---I know I didnít, you are
very lazy at your work.
Defendant---I was taking the turnips
for my wife and child to eat, and for no other intention.
Curran---His wife made no demand on
me for wages. I paid his wages whenever it became due.
Judge --- You are fined 10 shillings
or a fortnight's imprisonment with hard labour.