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WHOLESALE TIMBER STEALING. At a special police conrt on Thursday, before T. Ll. Murray Browne, Esq., and Dr, Girdle- stone, Robert Hughes, Victoria road, Rbyl, was charged with stealing two wheel-barrows and a quantity of timber,the property of Mr R Finni- gan, the builder of the new railway bridge. William Fitzgerald, cashier and general ma" crto Mr Finnigan, contractor, said he had seen the prisoner on several occasions walking about the works of the new bridge over the railway. He identified a plank of spruce produced by P C. Taafe, and which he valued at about 3s. It was the property of Mr Finnigan. He could swear to the timber by the fact that they had ten such pieces on the works, and one was missing. In consequence of information he received hecommunicated with the police. Other pieces of timber pro- duced he identified as the property of his em- ployer, and also two wheel-barrows. The bar- rows were marked R F the initials of Mr Finnigan, but an attempt had been made to plane them off. He valued the whole at about 33s. Since the job started Mr Finnigan had lost about £ 20 worth ot timber. By Mr Mur- ray Browne ⢠He did not think prisoner could carry the plank of spruce pine without assis- ^Isaac Williams, 4, Merllyn terrace, labourer, deposed to knowing the prisoner, who sold to him one of the barrows produced on Friday night last. He gave prisoner half-a-crown for Xt'p.C. Taafe stated that he, in company with Inspector McLaren. went to prisoner s house on Wednesday. Hughes was at the time busily employed chopping wood in the back kitchen. All the timber produced by him and one bar- r row were there. The Inspector asked prisoner where he got the timber from, and he answered You must find that out." Inspector McLaren then left the house. In conversation afterwards prisoner told him (witness) that he got the wheel-barrow from the bridge, and that he was going to take it back that night. He said it was too late then. Shortly afterwards the In- spector returned with Mr Fitzgerald andanothez man, and they identified the timber and bar row as the property of Mr Finnigan in the pre. sence of the prisoner. Hughes said nothing- he was taking his tea at the time. Witness then charged prisoner with stealing the wood and barrow the property of Mr Finnigan. Pris°"° £ saidâ" You will have to prove it. He tooK prisoner to the lock up, and on Thursday morn- ing he charged prisoner with stealing the bar- row sold to Isaad Williams, to which prisoner replied that he did not do it. In reply to the Chairman Witness said the back kitchen at prisoner's house was full of Inspector McLaren said that Mr Fitzgerald called at the police and reported the loss of timber, and he instructed P.C. Taafe to attend as much as he could to the works. He then corroborated the evidence of Taafe relative to the identification and apprehension of the pri- soner. This was the case for the prosecution. Hughes, who was convicted of a similar of- fence twelve months ago, maintained a dogged demeanour during the hearing. He supported his head on his arms. and leaned against the box, and sullenly said he had nothing to ask the several witnesses When formally charged prisoner said he wished to be dealt with summarily, and plead- ed not guilty.. Another case against the prisoner was then proceeded with, in which he was charged witL stealing a quantity of timber, the property o. Mr John Williams, coach.builder, Newtown Mr Williams identified pieces of oak, ash, ano elm produced as his timber, and P. C. Taaft proved finding the same in prisoner's house.- Hughes having pleaded not guilty, refused to say a word more. Both cases were considered proved, and in passing sentence the Chairman said tha prisoner had been previously convicted on tw« charges, and committed to prison for twi months Now, he would be sentenced to thre< months' imprisonment in each case sn months in all, and was warned if ever ht was brought up again, he would be committee for trial, and no doubt sentenced to a loni term of imprisonment.

ST. ASAPH POLIUti COURT.

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