The stabbing of Frederick McKnight 1911

The following 3 extracts are from the Newry Reporter and appeared in the months of April and May, 1911.


Alleged Stabbing Affray
On Monday night last a young man named Fred. McKnight, of Cloughrea, near Newry, was admitted to Newry Hospital, Windsor Hill, suffering from the effects of stabs, in the leg, which were, it is alleged, inflicted on him on his way home from Banbridge, where he took part in a race meeting. His injuries are not, however, of a severe character, and he will soon be able to leave the hospital. The matter is at present engaging the attention of the police. At the rate [sic] meeting referred to McKnight’s horse, “Little Speed,” was awarded second place in the two open steeplechase events.
The Newry Reporter, Thursday, April 20th 1911, page 5, column 5.

The Alleged Stabbing of a Newry Horse Jockey.
Two Arrests
At Banbridge Petty Sessions on Thursday, before Mr. S. G. Fenton, J. P. (presiding) and other magistrates, two young men – Joseph Kidd, Donaghmore and Isaac Kidd, Ballymacanallon, near Gilford, were put forward in custody and charged with having on the 17th ult. stabbed Frederick McKnight, of Cloughrea, Newry, a horse jockey, in a railway train at Banbridge, causing grevious [sic] bodily harm. Mr. T. B. Wallace, solicitor, representing the accused. District Inspector Hussey said that on Easter Monday there were races in the town and also a temperance demonstration, all of which drew a considerable crowd of people. There was a great deal of drunkenness. It appeared that the two defendants, who were very respectable young lads, left Banbridge by train in the company of McKnight. A row took place in the railway carriage, immediately outside the platform, and McKnight was seen by some of the railway officials getting out of the carriage. He was covered in blood, but it was not known at the time that he was stabbed. He was afterwards under treatment for some time in Newry Hospital, and in consequence of their investigation the police arrested the defendants on the previous evening. The injured man was unable to attend court, and he asked for an adjournment until the next court day. The magistrates accordingly adjourned the hearing, and in the meantime admitted the accused to bail – themselves in £10 each and one surety in £5.
The Newry Reporter, Saturday, May 6th 1911, page 3, column 2.

The Assault on a Newry Jockey
Sequel at Banbridge Petty Sessions
At Banbridge Petty Sessions on Thursday – before Mr. J. Gray, R.M. (presiding), and other justices – two young men, Joseph Kidd of Donaghmore, near Newry and Isaac Kidd of Ballymacanallon surrendered to their bail, and were charged with having on the 17th ult., in one of the Great Northern Railway Company’s carriages, at Banbridge, assaulted Frederick McKnight, of Cloughrea, Newry, with a weapon occasioning him grievous bodily harm. Mr. T. R. Wallace, solicitor, defended.
District-Inspector Hussey detailing the circumstances of the case, as already reported, said that on the evening in question, while McKnight was proceeding home by train, he was stabbed in the leg and had to be removed to Newry Hospital. As a result of investigations, the accused were arrested. He did not, however, desire to proceed with the case as an indictable offence, but would consent to the charge being reduced to one of common assault, as he believed there were mitigating circumstances in the case. Mr. Wallace said his clients were respectable young men, and sons of a very respectable farmer. In the compartment of the carriage in which they were seated a row took place, and McKnight entered and asked what the row was about. When he was told it was none of his business a further row began. He (Mr. Wallace) could not say the extent of the injuries received, but the accused were badly beaten and received several cuts. They absolutely denied the allegation that a knife was used. Acting in the best interests of his clients he would plead guilty to the charge of common assault. At the request of the Resident Magistrate that evidence of assault should be proven, Frederick McKnight deposed to having been stabbed in the railway carriage on the evening in question. He was, however, unable to identify the person or persons who did it. As a result of the injuries he received he remained in Newry Hospital for two weeks. Mr. Wallace asked the Court to make the penalty as small as possible.
After consultation their Worships fined each of the defendants 10s and costs 6s 1d.
The Newry Reporter, Saturday, May 20th 1911, page 7, column 5.

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