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ALLEGED ASSAULT OX A LITTLE…

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ALLEGED ASSAULT OX A LITTLE GIRL AT CADOXTOX. DISGRACEFUL ACTION OF A STEPFATHER. At Penarth Police-court on Monday (before Messrs. J. S. Corbett, chaiiman, and James Ware), Edward Brooks was charged with having com- mitted an indecent assault upon his step-daughter. Mary Jane Cavil, aged nine years, at Cadoxton, early on the morning of the 22nd instant. All women and children were ordered out of court during thy hearing of the case.—Police-constable William Smith said that at half-past twelve, mid- night. on Friday he was on duty in Vere-street, Cadoxton. when Mrs. Brooks and complainant (who was crying) came up to him. From what they told him he went with them to defendant's house at Holme-street. The prisoner was sitting on a chair by the fire in the middle room. In the presence of the prisoner the little girl des- cribed what had taken place, the offence having been committed on a chair in the prisoner's room. Prisoner replied that he had not done anything of the sort, and that it had all arisen from the desire of the mother to get rid of him. The little "irl replied "Yon did do it." Prisoner, who was perfectly sober was taken into custody. On beino- charged at the station, he made no reply.—Dr. P. J. O'Donnell said that at about two o'clock on the morning in question the child was brought to him by a policeman, accompanied by the mother. There were no bruises or marks of violence, but from witness saw he was of opinion that someone had tampered with the child, and that an attempt at connection had very recently been made.—The little girl was also called, and she burst into tears on being placed in the box.—The bench were of opinion that sufficient evidence had been given to justify a remand, and prisoner, who protested that he was innocent of the charge, was remanded to the Cadoxton Police-court the following Thursday. At the adjourned hearing at the3 Cadoxton Police-court, yesterday, before Mr. O. H. Jones (chairman), General Lee, ane Cmouel Guthrie. Mr. A. F. Hill defended the prisoner. — The plaintiff gave evidence as to the circumstances of the case, and corroborated in the chief particulars the evidence given at the Penarth court the pre- vious Monday.—The mother gave evidence, and said her suspicions were aroused by the guilty action of the accused when at length she got into the room. She told him she had suspected that he had similarly acted previously, and would take the child to a doctor. The child also com- plained to her.—The Bench committed the prisoner for trial to the next Quarter Sessions.—Mr. Hill applied for bail, which was allowed, prisoner in the sum of £50, and two sureties of £25 each.

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