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BRIDGEND PETTY SESSIONS, SATURDAY.—Before Mr. R. W. Llewellyn (chair- man). Messrs. C. P. Davies. W. S. Powell, R. L. Knight, and Colonel Franklen. UNLICENSED DOGS.—Rees Davies, collier, Tondu. was charged with keeping two dogs with- out a licence. Fined 5s.-William Oliver (15) was dismissed for a similar offence. ASSAULTS AND WILFUL DAMAGE.—William Abraham, engine-driver, Commercial-street, Maes- teg, and Isaac Francis, engine-driver, Pencoed, were charged with assaulting William Mainwaring and John Richards, workmen at the Ynisawdre Colliery, Tondu, on the 13th November last. There was also a charge of wilful damage to a shed and setting fire to oil at the colliery. Mr. R. C. Griffiths appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. T. J. Hughes appeared for the defendant Francis, and put in a plea of guilty on his behalf.— William Mainwaring. engine-driver, living at Cefn Cribbwr, and worked at the Ynisawdre Colliery, Tondu, said On Friday night, the 29th Nov., be saw defendants coming to the engine-house of the colliery. William Richards, the banksman, was with him in the engine-house. Defendants, who appeared to be drunk, came in and drew their coats off and went to lay down, saying they could not get lodgings. Defendants commenced to abuse witness" and wanted to wind him for the best. Witness thought Akerman was going to strike him. and witness pushed him off but he did not hold up his arms. Francis struck witness above the eye with his fist. Richards stopped Francis. who struck him on the face. They struggled, and in the struggle a lamp was upset and set paraffin jars on fire. He believed Francis upset it. The fire was put out by damp sacks.—Cross-examined by Mr. C. P. Davies They only kept as much oil as they required in the engine-house.—Cross- examined by Mr. Hughes He left the Cefn works somo time ago to come there. Witness allowed the men to sleep there. Akerman got up in a passion towards him that was why ihe thought he was going to strike him. The lamp was upset in the scuffle. He did not see Francis strike Richards—Mr. Hughes Why did you not see him ? Witness I don't know.—The witness, who appeared very dazed, said he did not want to come there at all, and displayed great nonehalenee.— John Richards, the other complainant, also gave evidence. The other complainant hit the man Francis against a pillar, and caused his head to bleed. The man wanted to help to put out the fire, and he bore out that defendant Francis had pre- viously worked with him, and he had always found him to bear a good character, and had never known him to be of a disagreeable temperament.—Police- constable Button having given evidence, Mr. Hughes produced testimonials of character for Francis from County Councillor William Howell (Pencoed) and Mr. William Griffiths, land agent, Pencoed, and spoke at length in mitigation of the offence.—Defendants were fined £2 for each assault, and the case of wilful damage was dis- missed. MAINTENANCE.—Thomas James, mason, Tylors- town, was ordered to contribute 3s. weekly towards the support of his parents, who were chargeable to the common fund of the Union. William James, hi" brother, was ordered to pay 3s. weekly towards the support of his mother Defendant, who was a collier, earned, according to a certificate (pro- duced), £113s. a week.—He was also fined 10s. for deserting his child, and the magistrates gave a distinct warning that if they again heard that he in any way deserted his child he would be sent to prison. GAME TRESPASS.—David Griffiths, John Mil- ward, Henry Smith, and Samuel Blower, colliers, of Maesteg, were charged with this offence.— Police-constable William Bailey stated that on the previous Sunday week, in company with Police- sergeant Hill, he was on duty in plain clothes between Mount Pleasant and Llangynwyd Village. He saw six men on a field with three dogs on pasture land, and watched them for about twenty minutes, during which time they went across three fields. When he saw them they ran away. He overtook defendant Griffiths, Blower, and Smith in the wood, and he saw Milward go another way.—Mr. R. Scale appeared for both Blower and Smith.—In cross-examination witness said he knew Blower but he would not swear that it was Smith.—Police-sergeant George Hill corroborated the last witness, and identified the two men Griffiths and Milward.—Mr. Scale said he had two witnesses from Aberkenfig and Cardiff respectively to prove an alibi against Smith. — Thomas Prescott (Aberkenfig) and Thomas White, 18, Eldon-road, Riverside, Cardiff, spoke as to defen- dants being with them at the time of the alleged offence.—It was then dismissed. TIlr. Scale applied for costs, under the circumstances of the two witnesses.—Joseph Burgess, collier, Charles- row, Maesteg, living in the same street as Blower, said he went to try and induce him to come to the Sunday School about two o'clock, and, after talking, witness himself became late and did not go himself. He saw defendant take off his shoes to go to bed about 3.30.—Jane Thomas also sup- ported the contention of an alibi, stating that she saw defendant coming out of his bedroom about 5.30.—The Bench, however, were of opinion that Blower was there.—The case against the other man was then adjudicated, and the man said he was not there. He had a witness to call.— Superintendent Thomas handed in a pre- vious conviction, but Mr. Heale and Mr. Hughes, although not appearing in the case, said the man's case was not finished.— Rees J ones said he saw defendant Milward about 4.30. He saw defendant by the Victoria Hotel with a man named John Bevan.—Mr. C. P. David Is John Bevan here —Witness He could not come because one of us had to be in work.—The Bench allowed Milward an adjournment for a week, in order that he may bring further evidence. —The other defendant (Griffiths), in answer to the charge, said not one of the men now charged were with him beyond that he had nothing to say.— He was, with Blower, fined £2, including costs, and the money was ordered to be paid forthwith.— The Chairman did not sit in this case.


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