CONWAY.|1882-03-17|The North Wales Express - Welsh Newspapers Online
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--ITHE UNIVEr j-Y BOAT lACE.

DENBIGHSHIRE AND FLINTSHIRE…

EHYL.

BANGOR.

LOCAL BOARD O? HEALTH.

MOLD.

ST. ASAPH.

CONWAY.

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CONWAY. STRANGE SCENES IN A WELSH VILLAGE.—Last week a special session was held at Conway, before Mr H. Kneeshaw and other magistrates, when Hugh Jones, Ty Ucha'; Hugh Jones, Pant-yr- afon; and Thomas J ones, Maen Aber; were charged with assembling with over forty persons and causing a riot; also with assaulting a married woman, named Mrs Elizabeth Burchell, wife of a seaman, living at Conway. Evan Owen, Caerhun, was also charged with the same offences, but he did not appear, and a warrant was- istued for his arrest. Mr Louis, Ruthin, appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Allanson, Carnarvon, represented the three defendants. It appears that on the night of the 13th ult. Mrs Burchell was sitting quietly in the bouse of her aunt at Gerlan, which is in the Vale of Conway, when the three defendands in court entered the house and assaulted her. They then brought her out of the house in com- pany with a young joiner, named Hugh Hughes, and, having tied them on a ladder, paraded them through the town singing in Welsh, The girl who was refused." The crowd became very disordely, and presented a more lawless appearance than in any part of Ireland. Evidence in corroboration of Mr Louis's statement was given by Mrs E. Burchell, who, in her cross- examination, swore positively that she never allowed Hughes any liberties, and never even allowed him to kiss her. Hugh Hughes, Mrs Williams, and Mrs Roberts (prosecutrix's mother), also gave evidence in support of the charge, For the defence it was contended that the complainant did not showjany disinclination to be carried about in the manner described, and evidently •rlJ°yea the fun as much as the inhabitants, as she waved her pocket-handkerchief and sang. It was further alleged that she looked upon the occurence as a mark of respect, aying that Mr Rathbone, although highly respected in the iaountry,had never received such a mark of distinction (laughter). After hearing evidence for the defence, the bench were unanimous in finding the defendants guilty, and a sentence of two months' imprisonment was passed upon them.

CARNiRYON.

COUNTY COURT.

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