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Thomas Bevan Oliver sworn states - I am a
Printer and reside in Commercial Street in Newport - I am a
Special Constable - I was by the front door of the Westgate about
9 o'clock yesterday morning - I was placed there by the Mayor
to see that no person entered the house but those who were special
constables - I heard some hollowing on Stow Hill and a great
number of persons came down in front of the Westgate - some of
them had Guns and some had pikes - they marched round the
front of the Westgate seemingly in order - I was standing by
the Door post - the head of them walked along as far as the other
corner and then turned round to the front Door - previous to their
coming up to the front Door I saw the prisoner Charles Walters
amongst them - he had a Gun in his hand which I believe to
be a double barrel one, I can't swear to that - I know he had
a Gun - as he was marching along he held his Gun towards the
windows in a threatening manner as if there were persons at the
window - I did not see him do any thing further - The first of the
mob had by that time come to the front door - I heard the Leader
of them say to us "surrender yourselves as our prisoners" some one near
me said "no never" - immediately that was said the Leader levelled
at me - On seeing that I pushed the door aside and it struck the Gun
aside - the Gun went off and quite stunned me - that was the first
Gun that was fired - just then I saw Mr O -Dwyer tumble down &
I thought he had been shot and that it was time for me to make the
best of my way off, I then heard a great many more shots fired I
retired into the house and went out the back door with some other -
constables - I just afterwards saw Mr O-Dwyer and told him I was
glad to see he had not been shot After the dispersion of the Mob I
again came into the Westgate and saw several poor fellows lying in
their Blood - I am quite sure the prisoner Walters is the person I
saw with the Gun - I have known him ever since the day Vincent
was examined
_________________________________ Thos Bevan Oliver

[In left margin with pencil mark along lines 11-18]
Walters with a Gun }

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