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THE CHARGE OF MURDER AT HOLYHEAD.

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Where. But about the knife. The prosecutor had said Wt, ill his opinion, the prisoner could not have pulled out his knife during the sculffe and as the scuffle only wed but a very short time he (Mr. Lloyd,) believed !w was the fact. How, then, came he to have a knife, and the knife, too, open at both ends ? The jury had beard it stated in evidence that the prisoner had lain d wn upon the sofa an hour before the scuffle took lace and likewise that a tobacco pouch had been found on the sofa when the steamer arrived at Dublin. There could be no manner of doubt, therefore, that his client bad been cutting up some tobacco with his knife when he was oil the sofa, and when the row began he must have had it in his hand. In such a case, and being under the influence of drink as had been proved by the Inspector of police, it was most probable he forgot the knife altogether, and that the wounds such as they were, resulted from pure accident, and if so, the jury WO\1ld have to acquit him altogether. Stress had been kid upon the fact that the two blades were open, one at each end. This of itself proved that he could not have contemplated murder, because in that case, if he uaed one blade to stab, the other would be sure to cut his own hand. It would have been very different had the blades been fastened, for then he might have used them right and left, but that was not the case, as they (the jury) could see for themselves. plr Lloyd here held up the knife for the Jury to see it, and said the blades were so loose that they would almost shut of themselves.] If it werejasked, but how came it. that the two bladeswere n 1 of course, he (the learned counsel) could not be ?.,d to 've a positive answer to the question, be- uie the law did not permit him to examine the pri- soner in his own defence but very probably he used the blade to cut the tobacco, and the other to scrape the pipe with. (Laughter). It was quite clear from the whole of the evidence that his client could have no in- tent to commit murder, or to do grievous bodily harm. The wounds which had been inflicted were so slight, that the prosecutor did not think it necessary to go to a doctor, until he returned to Holyhead, on the 1st of March! although there were plenty of good doctors in Dublin- IJ i, cHent, in fact, was incapable of doing much mischief, for lie was very tipsey at the time, and on the> following day, Sunday, he was delirious, and thehad to call iu the doctor to him. He maintained that no evidence had been produced to prove malicious intention, and he hoped the jury would acquit him entirely of the charge. [li< LORDSHIP then proceeded to sum up, which he did in the most minute and impartial manner; and afterwards explained the law bearing on the case, and which lie partially stated in his address to the grand iurv. They were to decide whether the prisoner inten- ded tn murder the prosecutor, or to disable him, or jaerelv to do him some grievous bodily harm. If the jury were not satisfied that he intended to do any of the above offences, then it would be for them to say whether he was not guilty of unlawful wounding. The ,iury then retired, and on their return into court, tliev brought in a verdict of Guilty of unlawful wounding" Francis Dillon, of Liverpool, then gave evidence as to character. He had known him he said for 20 years. He was a large green and provision dealer, and had always been a quiet man as all his neighbours could testii'v. Sentence deferred until yesterday, when he was or- dered to be imprisoned for six months, with hard labour. THE MANSLAUGHTER CASE AT CAERHEILIOG. The Grand Jury returned a "No True Bill" in the case of. Robert Hughes (on bail) and Robert Jones (un bail), who stood charged with the mauslaughter of Rowland Prytherch at Caergeiliog, on the 31st day of December last. His LORDSHIP said that after reading the depositions he quite agreed with the Grand Jury, as the evidence in the case was very confused. STEALING AT AMLWCH. "Xo True Bill" was returned m the case of Alonso Hamilton, 21, mariner, who stood charged with stealing one purse aud £ 3 10s. tid, the property and monies of David Davies, at Amlwch, on the 18th day of February, 1805, by reason of the said David Davies not attending to prosecute. Mr. Melntyre asked that the recognizances of the pro- secutor be estreated. In replv to a question put by the Judge, Mr. Melntyre said the prosecutor was a sailor, and he believed he would not attend the court, as he had gone with his vessel on a voyage. His LOKDSIIIP directed that the case stand over for a time in order to see whether the prosecutor would turn up or not. Later in the day, however, he ordered the prosecutor's recognizances to be estreated. (YESTERDAY) FRIDAY.