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Patrick Kilmartin (1809–1835)

On Monday morning last, at the usual time and place, the wretched man Patrick Kilmartin (convicted on the preceding Friday of the murder of James Hamilton) suffered death pursuant to his sentence. A great concourse of persons assembled to witness the awful spectacle, with the view to ascertain from the mouth of the culprit in his last moments (anticipating that he would make a confession) the motive which induced him to perpetrate the dreadful crime. Their anxiety in this respect was excited by the fact that the unfortunate victim of his sanguinary attack was known by him to possess no money: and his humble apparel, of which the murderer possessed himself, could not be supposed to possess such attraction as to induce the dreadful crime of murder. The wish to be satisfied on this point was general, but the culprit made no confession. He was attended in his last moments by the Rev. Mr. McEncroe, and met his fate with a firmness bordering on recklessness, and persisted to the last in declaring his innocence. He appeared to be about 26 years of age.

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'Kilmartin, Patrick (1809–1835)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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Mayo, Ireland


11 May, 1835 (aged ~ 26)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years