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Charge against a. Llandudno…


Charge against a. Llandudno "Cabby." Extraordinary Saturday Night Scenes. Sequel to Missing a Train. ON Monday, at the Llandudno Police Court, before Dr Bold Wiiliams (in the chair), Messrs Ephriam Wood, Jno. Owen, and Elias Jones, a Llandudno cabman, named Jno. Wynne (187), was charged with assaulting Mr Thomas Osborne Morgan, chief cierk at the Conway County Court offices, at Llandudno on the 27th of January. Mr R. Bromley (Rhyl) defended. Prosecutor stated that on the night of the 27th of January he went to the railway station to catch the last traiii-g-o p.iii to the Junction. When lie got there he found it had gone a minute before its time. He asked a porter who was in charge of the platform. The porter replied that he was, but as he was only a young man prosecutor asked to see someone more responsible. He waited some little time, and then another porter or booking clerk came up. Prosecutor made a similar complaint to him, and asked whether he could get a lift on the 10-20 p.m. light engine, which would be going back to the Junction, and then he could easily walk from there home. Otherwise, he said, he should be compelled to report the case to the company. When the guard came back from the Junction with the return train, prosecutor asked him what time he left Llandudno. The guard said 9-50 by my own watch," and prose- cutor on comparing the officials' watch with the station clock was a minute faste. which proved conclusiviy that the train went at a minute before its time. Prosecutor after this left the station and proceeded in the direction of the Alexandra Hotel IX ORDER TO TELEPHONE HOME that he had lost the train and would not return home that night. He met the defendant driving a cob and he hailed him to stop, asking it he was empty. The defendant said he was disengaged, and prosecutor then said li what will you drive me to Llandudno Junction for." Defendant replied 5s. Prosecutor said but it is only three miles, and it is just half past ten." However defendant said he would not drive him for less. Prosecutor then asked defendant for his number, and the latter retorted, don't you try to be clever, if you are the County Court clerk." (Laughter.) He said I'm not trying to be clever, I mean business give me your number. You are supposed, according to the byelaws, if you are a registered hackney carriage driver, to wear your number." Defendant replied, "Get out of the way." Prosecutor said, 1 am not going out of the way." Defendant then whipped the horse, but prosecutor jumped at its head and held the animal fast. Defendant struck the horse repeatedly, and then struck prosecutor across the cheek with his whip. Mr Morgan still kept hold of the horse's head until the animal had made two circles and got on to the parapet, where it fell down. Whilst he was liepir, it to get up defendant got off his seat and struck prosecutor a severe blow on the head. Prosecutor let go and ran up Mostyn-street, I defendant in hot pursuit. (Laughter.) He met an officer, and asked him to get defendant's number. He went back with the officer to the scene of the dispute, and defendant made another rush at him. Prosecutor made for Mostyn-street again, but be- fore he could get many yards defendant had kicked him on the leg. Prosecutor was then cross-examined by Mr Bromley. You would not have said anything to the bench about the station scene if these witnesses had not come to court ? Not at all. I don't think it has anything to do with it. I am not charged with an assault. Were you not in an excited condition at the station, Mr Morgan ? Yes, I was. Did you challenge one of the officials to light ? âI will swear I did not. Did you not get hold of him by the coat and say I will light you ? He distinctly told me that he was not an official of the North-Western, so I told him he mnst mind his own business, and that I would talk to him out- side. (Laughter.) Then according to that you asked him to go out- side and light it out ? Yes, and I had a perfect right to do so. (Laugh- ter.) He was interfering when he had not the slightest right to do so. He had no business there at all. Did you not quarrel with the porter ?âNo. I simply said I should report him. Did you not afterwards go to the engine of the 10-25 train and ask the driver to take you on his engine ?âYes, with the porter's consent. He refused, and did you not make a scene ? Certainly not. Now sir, were you sober that night ?-I was per- fectly sober. I reached Llandudno about five minutes past two in the afternoon. I went to the football match, and afterwards went to Mr Sum- mer's restaurant to tea. What else did you do that afternoon ?âI had about four games of billiards. How many whiskies and sodas did you have ? I don't drink any. What did you have ?-Two glasses of whiskey on the Parade. Oh, I see, its the soda which you object to. (Laughter.)âYes. While you were at the Parade you had two whiskeys ?âYes. What other hotel did you go to ?- -I went from the Parade to the station. And you say that from half-past two until ten o'clock you had only two whiskeys ?âXo, I had six altogether. You said you never drank whiskey and soda ? âAnd I say so again. How many port wines did you have ? Witness (hesitating) None. What -I had none. All I had was six whiskeys. Then why did you hesitate ?âBecause I drink port wine at times, but I didn't drink any that day. Then you didn't mix them ?âNo, I didn't. You were in an excited state when you left the station ?âNaturally I had lost my train, and I wanted to get home. It was twenty-five minutes to eleven when you left the station ?âAbout half-past ten. Very well we will take that. You were coming along from the station in that excited state, and you met this man ?âNo, he overtook me. You told him you wanted to go to Conway ?â No, to the Junction. And it was a quarter to eleven ?â-About it. And he explained that by the time he got to Conway Prosecutor I can see you are still on the Conway track. (Laughter.) Did he not explain to you that the reason he charged 5s was that it would be after eleven o'clock when he got there ? No. What he said was I don,t drive you for any les)." 1 was annoyed and asked him for his number. I'd been served this trick before and was not going to be done again. (Laughter). 10 I Will you swear that lie never gave his number ? Yes I will. He never suggested that he gave it me until the folio wing Tuesday. Then he whipped his horse and tried to go on ? Yes. Had you not jumped up at the horse's head you would not have been struck ? No, I should never have seen him either. I didn't want to walk home if I could help it, and as I had been served a similar trick I was watching things carefully this time. The horse went on the parapet. You turned it clean round twice and then brought it on to the pavement. Quit, right, sir. Did he not shout and tell you to let the horse go? Yes. And the other witness ?âYes. And you didn't S»âNo. Do you think a sober man would have held on to a horse like that at the risk of his life? Well I was not drunk. Do you think a drunken man could have done what I did ? Why the horse was rearing and jumping about like mad, which proved conclusively that I was not drunk. But they say drunken men get out of extra- ordinary difficulties. Perhaps you speak from experience, sir. (Laughter.) No, I have not got that far yet. (Laughter.) The name of George Griffith, who was sum- moned by subpoena to give evidence on behalf of the prosecutor, was called, but he did not appear. Mr Bromley, for the defence, said when he came into court he thought he had a most difficult case to He understood that the complainant was going to be represented, and although he had no wish to be over-confident, he could not help saying that the complainant had not made out his case. From his own statement it was evident that he was greatly excited at the station, and although he denied being drunk he admitted having had six whiskies. He had, however, witnesses who would prove to the contrary, also that his conduct was most extraordinary. Defendant would swear that he gave Mr Morgan his number, and that he jumped at the horse's head in a most unwarrant- able manner. He pulled the animal clean round twice, and if the vehicle had happened to be a half-lock one he would have turned the horse and carriage clean over and imperilled the life of the defendant as well as his own. In fact, it was a marvel that the complainant was not crushed against the corner of the Alexandra Hotel wall. He had damaged the carriage as well, and under all the circumstances he submitted that complainant had not made out his case. He (Mr Bromley) had J four or five witness to call if necessary. After a short consultation, the bench dismissed the case without costs.

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