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STABBING CHARGE AT SWANSEA POLICE COURT. BARGEMAN-ROW LABOURER'S ALLEGED USE OF A KNIFE. WAS IT JEALOUSY ? GIRL MISSES AN APPOINTMENT. At Swansea on Wednesday Dd. Thomas, labourer, Bargeman's-row, wae charged with catting and wounding Bertie Williams, Fox- holo-road. Complainant said he was on the corner of Betbesda-street, talking to a young woman named Martha Davies, when defendant met them, pushed the female away, and told her to go home. Defendant then took out a knife and stabbed him in the side. He fell to the grotuid, and de- fendant kicked him when on the ground Bo til were sober. They had both known Martha Davies for many years. Clerk: Do you know whether defendant had been courting her? Complainant: 1 don't know. Were you courting her?—Only for that night. Clerk: Oh, a short courtship. Defendant: You didn't hit me, did you? Complainant: No. Defendant: That's a lie. Co-mplainamt responded that he only pushed him away. Martha Davies, single, Bethesdo-street paid she had made an appointment to meet defendant, but didn't fulfil it. Whæ1e she was taking to complainant defendant came up and asKed her if she was going home. Then he went across to complainant a.nd they quarrelled. Bertie Williams struck the first blow and they fought together. Both fell, and defendant kicked Williams while on the ground. She and girl suc- ceeded in separating them. Clerk: Did you see a knife in the hand of Dd. Thomaa? Witness No, sir. When did you hear Williams had been stabbed ?—When they came to the house for me afterwards. In reply to defendant, witness denied that complainant had also kicked him, but de- fendant persisted that he did. Louisa Payne, Tohn-street, corroborated. She said she heard prosecutor say that pris- oner had a knife, but there was no knife in his hand. She knew, because she had hold of his coat, and must have seen it if he had. P.C. Balsdon found prosecutor bleeding from a wound in the stomach. He made a complaint, and witness arrested defendant. "I used no knife," said defendant. "I ad- mit kicking him in self-djefence. If lie says I used a knife, it's a lie! hard lines on a man if he can't walk the streets in peace, he remarked, white on the way to the station. A small penknife, with only one small blade was found on complainant. There were no marks on it. Dr. Marks, Swansea Hospital, found a clean cut wound an inch below the end of the breastbone. It was half an inch deep. The shirt and waistcoat were cut. A ack wcruldn t have done it. The cut could have been made by the knife produced. COMMITTED TO QUARTER SESSIONS Defendant, who said there had been a fight and complainant had kicked "him but he used no knife, was committed to take has tnal at the next Quarter Session, being bound over on his own recognisances in the sum of £10. 1

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