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ABERDARE POLICE COURT. TUESDAY -(Before A. De Rutzen, R. H. Rhys, and D. E. Williams, Esqa.) DRUNKARDS. W m. Hankins, cheese dealer, Merthyr, found drunk in charge of a horse and cart in Harriet- street, Trecynon, on the previous (Monday) night was, upon thevidence of P.C. Rees, fined 15s. and the costs. Rees Samuel. collier, charged under warrant with drunken and riotous behaviour at High-street, Moun- tain Ash, on the 6th of November last, was fined 5s. and the costs. P.S. Rodman gave evidence. -Thomas Lloyd, collier, his second appearance, summoned at the instance of P.S. Johns for nearly similar behaviour at Ceinetery-road, on the 9th inst., was fined 10s. and the costs.—Thomas James, labourer, summoned for a similar offence at Jeffrey-street, Mountain Ash, on the 8th inst,, was, upon the evidence cf P.C. Castle, fined 5s. and the costs, this being his first appearance. LET OFF LIGHTLY.—Alfred Collins and Geo. James, colliers, summoned at the instance of P.C. Loynes for trespassing in a grass field, the property of Mrs. Richards, Cwmbach, on the 16th inst., were discharged upon paying the costs of the summons. A DOG FANCIER IN TROUBLE.—John Cahill, tinman, Quarry-row, Merthyr, surrendered to his bail charged with stealing a fox terrier dog, the property of George Bethell, Hall-strcet, Aberdare, under circumstances which have already appeared in the columns of this paper. The evidence given on the previous occasion was to the effect that the accused succeeded in obtaining bhe dog from a Mrs. Hopkins, under the pretence that bhe husband of that person had said he might have it. He was now fined 92 and the costs, and was ordered to Eorfeit 10s., the value of the dog, failing to do which he was committed to Swansea gaol fpr one month with hard labour. TAKE WARNING.—Ivor and Henry Meredith, colliers, brothers, were summoned for stealing 561bs. of coal, the property of the Abernant Iron Co. Evidence was given by P.S. Parry, but in oonsequence of these being the first cases of the kind from the quarter whence the coal had .been taken (the Tunnel Pit), Mr. Simons, who prosecuted, did not wish to press for a conviction. The accused, after being cautioned, were discharged. ALLEGED BREACH OF CONTRACT.Jones v. Samuel Phillips. Mr. Thos. Phillips for the defendant, who was recently a farm labourer in the employ of the plaintiff, who is the proprietor of the Golden Lion Brewery. A sum of 15s. was clained as compensation For defendant's having left the service of his employer without notice. The evidence upon the question of notice or no notice was so conflicting that the Bench dismissed the summons. DISPUTED AFFILIATION CASE. Lmma Jenkins, v. Dan Edwards, haulier. Mr. Simons for complainant, and Mr. T. Phillips for the defence. The parties reside at Trecynon, and the complainant had tried her fortune once before in Pembrokeshire, bat the magistrates there had refused to make an order in her favour on account o.f the insufficiency of the evidence. Some additional confirmatory testimony now being adduced, their Wor- ships, after a patient hearing, made an order for 3s. per week, 5s. for midwife, and costs. Defendant's solicitor gave notice of appeal. LICENSING QUESTIONS.—Mr. Linton applied on behalf of Mr. Wm. Morris, Welsh Harp Inn, for a license for the sale of spirits and beer, for consumption off the pre- premises, at a shop at Oxford-street, Mountain Ash, and also on behalf of Messrs. George Hopkins, George Rowlands, and Thomas Evans, grocers, Commercial- street, Aberdare, for a license for the sale of beer, also for consumption off the premises. It appeared that these applications had been made at the last General Annual Licensing Meeting, when they were dismissed, the Bench being of opinion that the non-residence of the applicants upon the premises for which they sought to be licensed was a disqualification' both instances the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice held this decision to be wrong, and granted a rule absolute for a mandamus to issue to the justices to hold another adjournment of the licensing meeting, and to hear and determine the questions Main.—Mr. Phillips, who appeared for the licensed victuallers to oppose the applications, could not struggle against the grant of the license to Mr. Morris. In the other case, however, a technical objection was taken to the varia- tions in the name of one of the applicants in the printed advertisement and the written notice, of which it purported to be a copy .—Under the advice of the Bench the objection was not, however, pressed, and the ap- plications were in both instances ultimately granted. MURDEROUS ASSAULT ON A POLICE-CON. STABLE AT LLWYDCOED. William Thomas, Peter Clements, Thomas Davies, Thos. Roderick, Cornelius Cronin, Benjamin Llewelyn, William Enoch, Daniel Cronin, and Thomas Bowen, were charged with committing an assault on Police. constable Cross, at Jfjlwydcoed, on the 23rd inst. Mr. Beddoe appeared for Clementa, Roderick, Llewelyn, and Enoch. During the hearing of the case the court was crowded, and a large number of people had assembled outside. The case was withdrawn against Thomas, who was discharged. Police-constable George yross, who appeared with a bandaged head, and sat in the box, said I reside at Llwydcoed, and about half-past P-m. on Sunday last I beard some very loud talking in the Earl Grey Inn. I went there and found prisoners there with others. They were far gone in drink, and I called the landlady's attention to • Adl right, I will put them out now. iinm t of them down to Trebiggin. They w re 0 arni-in-arin, singing, shouting, and Between the houses in Llwydcoed is,we?t .d them to make less noise, as it was .Sunday night. Some said, Go to Some told me to nund my own busi- ness, and others to shut «ny "south. *our of the pri- soners carried lights. V ey made a great deal more noise, and tried t ^et into the Corner House Failing in tk's attempt, they made a noise at the door. I requested them to go away again, and they proceeded to the railway r1 continued the uproar tor twenty minutes. Near^to Mr. Roberts's house they used filthy langviag 8 and I took hold of Enoch, who appe»™* to be the leader. I asked his name, and he replied, odds to you." I loosed him, and begged, mm togo away quietly, but they began to sing a hymn, and Enoch kept saying, Blow up, blow up." They then went to Pentwyn, about ten yards from the roadway, and a stone was thrown at me, and I was struck on the shin with another. I saw Daniel Cronin s hand up, atl(j jmme. diately afterwards Cornelius came up and hit me on the chin. They all then rushed upon me, and I drew my staff and struck some men on the shoulder, knocking down three. All the men then set upon me, striking and kicking at me. When I rose from the ground with Cornelius they all rushed at me, striking and kicking at me. This prisoner (Thomas Davies) called out, Kill the b- finish him don't let him take one from you." Several cried out, "Stick to him lads, don't let him go." With that some one struck me on the right side of the head with a stone, and knocked me senseless. When I came to myself I found that all the men had gon-j, and my head was bleeding freely. I then went and saw the sergeant of police, and then went to the doctor, who sewed the wound I had on my head. Some of the pri. soners were arrested that night. By Mr. Rhys The men took my lamp away, I sup- pose, for it was gone when I came round. Although two men had tried to take my staflf away, they failed to do go. X lost my heinwt. By Mr. Beddoe To the best of his knowledge he had never seen any of the prisoners before that night. By following him the prisoners would be going on their own way home. He requested the men to cease from cursing and swearing, and making a noise, and then they began to sing hymns. He was not down before the struggle for ihi- staff commenced. He refused to state from what source he obtained information leading to the apprehension of the prisoners. Re-examined He had marks on his body received from the prisoners' kicks, and was quite certain that each of the prisoners was engaged in the attack upon him that night. Police-sergeant Johns said A little before eleven o'clock on Sunday night last Police-constable Cross came to the station without any hat or lamp, and his face covered with blood. He told me he had been assaulted on the Llwydcoed-road by ten or 'welve young men. I sent for a doctor, and one came and dressed the wounds. I went to the spot, and about twelve yards from the road, on the railway, I found the helmet squeezed in a cap, and the stones produced. I then, in company with Sergeant Parry and two constables, arrested Cornelius Cronin, Thomas Davies, Peter Clements, Thomas Roderick, and Benjamin Llewelyn. I charged them with assaulting Police-constable Cross. Davies said, 1 am very glad you told me what I was charged with." Cornelius Cronin said, I was there, but I did not do anything to him." And Clements and Roderick said the same. Llewelyn said he was down at Aberaman. Later in the day Llewelyn said, I told you I was not there, but I was there." Mr. Beddoe: Did you caution him before all this?- A. No. Witness, continuing I showed Cornelius Cronin the scarf and cap, and he claimed them. Police-sergeant Parry gave evidence in corroboration of the last witness. Police-sergeant Olding sworn, said Daniel Cronin and Thomas Bowen both came to the police-station, and said they believed someone had been looking for them about a row which had taken place at Llwydcoed. I said they had been looked for, and then charged them. Cronin said Cross had taken hold of his collar, torn his coat, and then he ran off while some one struck the con- stable. Bowen came a quarter of an hour afterwards, and said he did not strike the officer, because he was too drunk. Mr. Jones, surgeon, of Aberdare, said My assistant dressed the wound on Cross's head. It is about three inches long a rather clean cut, but irregular in shape, down to the bone. He had another cut about a quarter of an inch long on the lower lip, which this nearly pene- trated. Cross complained of pains in his body, but I did not examine him. The wound on the forehead is such a one as might have been made with a stone with a sharp edge. His wounds will get well if he remains quiet for a few days. By Mr. Beddoe: The wound in the forehead might possibly have been caused by falling on a stone. Inspector Rhys was sworn, fcat being asked no ques- tions tendered no evidence. Mr. Beddoe then proceeded to address the bench for the defence. He dealt first with the charge against Clements, and said he believed that if the officer had acted more temperately there would have been no row, for the young men were on their way home on the Sunday evening singing hymns, which was a common thing to do. He pointed out that the evidence of the police-constable in regard to the identification of the prisoners was not confirmed, and referred to his own acknowledgment that the night was dark and the young men strangers to him. Mr. de Rutzen, in delivering judgment said the eight men before him were charged with assulting a police- constable. and he must say it was a most cowardly and brutal assult to commit. As he had said before he would say again, whenever any case was brought into that court in which a charge of stone-throwing would be preferred, it would always be followed by very severe punishment. Probably if one of them had been alone, he would never have dreamt of attacking the oSicer but because there were eight of them together they banded together to attack him. Having pointed out that the police-constable was simply doing his duty, Mr. de Rutzen went on by saying that it appeared Daniel Cronin was the first to throw a stone, which hit the officer on the shin Cornelius Cronin hit him on the chin with a stone, and Clements with his first. Then there were Davies and Roderick urging them to go on. This was the way they went on inciting each other, till some one threw a stone, which knocked the policeman down insensibly. All of them ran away then, and not one had the common courage to stop and help him. The stipendiary then passed the following sentences:—The two Cronios, six months' imprison- ment Davies, Roderick, Clements, and Enoch, four months and the rest, one mouth with hard labour. &. p


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