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Mistake by the Police.!

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Mistake by the Police. John Thomas, dock pilot, living at 17, Dock-road, Perarth, appeared at Penarth Police-court on Mon- day afternoon in answer '.o a summons charging him with being drunk and riotojs on licensed premises on the night of the 31st ult. Mr A- Rees, solicitor, Cardiff, appealed for the de- fence, and Mr A. W. Morns represented the landlord of the hotel. Police-constable David Thomas (316) staled that about 10.30 on New 1er>s Eve he saw defendant coming out of the Dock Hotel, Perarth. He was pushing his wife out before him, having hold of her by the throat. He had b;8 wife down on her back in the passage, and he (witness) went .0 her aid. De- fendant was staggering drunk. He (witness) told the barmaid not to supply defendant with anv more drink. Defendant returned to the hotel. Acting-sergeant Salter gave evidence to the effect that about 9.45 he went to the Dock Hotel, and spoke to the defendant about his wife, she ba,v.'o' made a complaint to him- Defendant was then under the influence of drink. Mr Rees: He was not drunk then ? Sergeant falter: He was under the influence of drink, For the defence, Mr Rees urged that defendant was quit9 sober on the occasion, but had been pro- voked by his wife, and the latter attempted to throw an iron spitoon and glass of beer at him in the hotel Mr Rees also called the defendant and a number of witnesses; all of whom swe a that defendant was sober and behaved quite rationally, it being proved he had only been supplied with two glasses of sherry. The Bench dismissed the case, believing the police had male a slight mistake. â , :4 â â

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