Atrocious conduct by three Chesterfield miners was alleged at Derby
Assizes to-day (Wednesday) when Patrick Connolly (37), John
Diskin (27), and Patrick Flaherty (28), were charged with
maiming seven pigs and killing a dog, the property of Martha
Mills, licensee of the Fountain Inn, Saltergate, Chesterfield.
It was alleged that, visiting pigsties on Brimington-road
on the night of May 24, they killed a dog which had been chained
to its kennel by passing a pick through its body four times,
stabbing it in the head, and then pinning it to the ground,
partly cut off the ear of one pig, and inflicted one slash
each on two other pigs. These animals, together with four
others, which were found dazed and weak, were subsequently
slaughtered. Examination of the carcases showed that four
of the pigs had been stabbed all over the body. A hayfork
with one prong badly bent and a large pocket-knife were discovered
in the sties, which latter were besmeared with blood.
The chief witness for the prosecution was a labourer
named Shaw, who declared that, attracted by squeal, he went
to the sties with two other men, and climbing the wall saw
prisoners, all three of whom he had known for several years.
At that time Diskin was "jabbing" at the dog kennel,
in which the dog was howling.
An alibi was set up in defence, prisoners swearing
that they were at home when the crime was committed, and calling
relatives and friends in support of the assertion.
Prisoners were found guilty, and were each sentenced
to three years' penal servitude, Mr Justice Avery remarking
that it was a most brutal and revolting case of cruelty.
The Derby Daily Telegraph,
Wednesday June 22nd 1921