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PENARTH POLICE COURT. MONDAY.—Before Mr. James Ware, and Mr. T. Morel. POACHING AT COGAS. — George Sidford and John Griffiths were charged with poaching at Cogan on the 12th inst. Defendants did not appear, and Police-constable Berry proved service of the summonses.—Frederick Xelmes said that on the day in question he saw the defendants with a dog in Cogan wood, on land in the occupation of Mr. T. Clode, rabbiting. They started two rabbits, and afterwards went to another part of the wood. They were not on the footpath.—A warrant was issued for their apprehension. CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION.—Thomas Berry was charged with obstructing the footway at Salop- street, Penarth, on the 10th inst. He was partly drunk, and although requested several times by Police-constable William Evans to move away he refused to do so. He was causing an obstruction, people having to get off the pavement to pass.— Fned 5s. A BLACK RECORD FOR A YOUNG MAN.—WM. Marden, a young man, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Penarth. on the 22nd June last.—Defendant, who had been to sea. had been fined on eight previous oocasious for a similar offence.—Defendant pleaded hard to be let off with a fine, and promised to reform in the future.—Mr. Ware said fining did not appear to do defendant much good, but they would give him one more chance, and fine him :£ L or fourteen days' im- prisonment. If he (Mr. Ware) happed to be in the chair, and defendant came before them again, he would certainly be sent to prison. SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A MARRIED WOjfAX.—Catherine Smith, a married woman, who appeared in court with a child in her arms, was charged with stealing a live rabbit, value 3s. 5d., the property of Marthy Mary Thompson.—Prof-e- cutfix, who said she did not wish to press the charge, a? defendant had several children, said she lived at 22, Courteney-road, Cadoxton. Mrs. Smith residing next. On the previous Tuesday she lost the rabbit from her back kitchen, and gave infor- mation to the police.—Police-constable Ben Davies said he arrested the defendant, and took her to the grocery shop of Mrs. Webb, in Holme-street, when the latter said she had bought the rabbit from the defendant for a shilling. On being charged with the offence defendant said, I am very sorry T had been drinking, or I would not have done it."—The Bench said it was fortunate they had the power—which they did not have a few years ago—of inflicting a fine only for the first offence. Defendant ought to have been ashamed of herself for giving way to drink, espe- cially when she was the mother of several chil- dren and then to go and steal was more disgrace- ful still. She would be fined 10s.. or seven days' imprisonment.—The fine was paid by the husband. TRESPASSING AT WEXVOE. — William Smith, Albert Horton. James Wright, and Henry Ridout, four young fellows, were charged with trespassing at Wenvoe and damaging several hedges.—Mr. W. H. Lewis prosecuted.—Police-constable Alfred Peacock, stationed at Wenvoe. said that on Sunday. September 27th. he was walking along the road leading from Wenvoe Castle to New Wallace Farm, in company with the gamekeeper. He saw Smith and Horton, at about a quarter to one. leave Goldsland Wood, accompanied by a black retriever doir. and get across two fences. They subse- quently got across two othei fences, and came towards witness. There was no footpath there whatever. Witness went up to them and asked them what they were doing there. They said they were out nutting, and on being searched some nuts were found upon them. About half an hour afterwards the two other defendants came over the same fences and two other fences from Goldsland Wood. The fences were much broken. —William Skirtcn, gamekeeper, and Thomas (Vishwcll Farm), under agent, corroborated the latter, stating that the damage which was being continually done to the fences was something awful.—Mr. Lewis asked that the Bench would make an example of the defendants, as the con- tinual damage to the property in the neighbour- hood was getting unbearable.—Defendants were each fined 5s. and 2s. damage done to the fences. STEALING SLIPPERS.—Robert Stephens, fire- man, was charged with stealing from the shop of George Oliver, boot and shoe dealer, Vere-street, Cadoxton. a pair of slippers, valued at lid.—David David, butcher, said that on Saturday evening he saw the defendant, who appeared to be under the influence of drink, attempt to take a handkerchief and a mackintosh from a shop in Vere-street. He was, however, prevented, but witness, on further watching him, saw him take a pair of slippers from the outside of Mr. Oliver's shop, and run away with them.—T. Williams, manager for Mr. Oliver, said on receiving information of the theft he examined the outside of his premises, and found that two pairs of slippers had been stolen. He proceeded down the street, and met a little girl with one of the slippers in her hand, which she said she had seen a man drop.—Annie Fowler, the girl in question, corroborated.—Defendant was fined 10s., or 14 days' imprisonment. RECOGNISANCES FSTREATED.—George Hartland, farmer. Dinas Powis (on bail) did not answer to the charge of stealing a horse collar, the property of the occupier of Little Westra Farm, St. Andrew's. His name was called out, and on his not appearing the Bench ordered his recognisance (£ 10) to be estreated, as well as that of his surety. Henry Shepherd, for a simlar amount.— Police-constable Peacock, Wenvoe, was present to give evidence in the case.





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