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cl WITH INTENT TO MURDER." GRAVE CHARGE AGAINST SWANSEA MAN. ASSIZE TRIAL HIS PASSIONATE LETTER. "LITTLE MARY'S" CONFLICTING STATEMENTS. LENIENT SENTENCE ON A LESSER COUNT. i Glamorgan Assizes on Saturday, before Mr. Justice Jelf, Thomas Archibald Davies (20), hotel por- ter, formerly of Swansea, was indicted tor feloniously wounding Mary Condoa, v, ±bh in- tent to do Ler grievous bodily harm, at Car- diff, on July 6th. There was a second count charging the accused with wounding v..Lt,n unent to murder. Mr. Ivor Bowen prosecuted, and Mr. St. John Francis Williams defended. In opening, Mr. Bowen said he thought there could be no doubt that the prisoner wounded the girl with intent to murder her, with intent to do her grievous bodily harm. Last year prisoner was employed at the Park Hotel as under-boots, and at the same hotel was Mary Condon, a housemaid. They got to know one another very well, and there wis no doubt more than friends tup sprang up. They walked out three or four times 3. week, but something coming to the knowledge of the prosecutrix, she decided to have nothing more to do with him. Pris- oner, however, persisted, and then, to get away from his attentions, the young woman went to Treforest and afterwards to Lang- land Bay. Then she returned to Cardiff, and subsequently took a situation at "he /al Hotel, Cardiff. Prisoner had become under-boots at the Angel, and still persisted in his attentions. On June 29th be called at the hotel and asked what she was going to do. She gave him a denial, and then Prisorer became very violent, seized her ,-y the wrist, and attempted to strangle her, saying, "Now, then, what will you do now? Prosecutrix, in order to get away, said "I will see you again." Subsequently prisoner told her "It won't be well for you tU SOe y°u Wlt,h another fellow." On oth or 6th July prisoner went to a shop in Cardiff and bought a sheath Knife. -ben the same day ho sent a letter by hand to the P' ecutrix addressed "My darling Mary, and stating:— No doubt you will be surprised to receive this note by hand, but I have sent it to tell you I have left the Angel, and that I Am going away by the North Briton, a boat I tried for as engineers' steward some time ago. I got the job this morning. I have got the sack trom the Angel for not doing my duties. The reason was I did not com- Ply with their wishes because you have un- hinged my mind since we have parted. I nave been on the verge of madness. I wrote to you, but you didn't answer my letter. Why, darling, you could have said or no. I have had no sleep once I left Newport; I have been thinking about you all the time. When they asked Le this morning to do a certain thing I for- got all about it, and the consequence was I had to clear out. The boat is sailing to-morrow morning at 3.30 for a six months vcyage. I have got to be aboard by eleven o'cl< at night; so I am taking the liberty for the last time of asking you, for old tirr sake, to come out, if only for two hours. Dearest old girl, this is the last tims I am going to ask you for such a thing. I know you have made up your mind not to go out with me again; but, for the sake of the happy times we have had together, come and see me to-night. I will treat you with the best of respect. I only want to see and talk to you as in the days gone by. I will go out of your life altogether after to- night only, for God's sake, let me see and speak to you for the last time. We will take a walk up Roath Park, if you like, to the top." Prosecutrix turned up to see the prisoner. Coming to the day in question they had been out together, and when prisoner's back was turned she got back to the EoyaJ Hotel. Pnsooer caught her by the entrance, and following close on her heels, stabbed her. Fortunately the act was witnessed by Wm. Parfitt, head boots, who sprang .t the pris- oner and bore him to the ground, holding him till the police arrived. Prosecutrix, a petite brunette, attired in a pink blouse and black skirt, bore out the foregoing, stating that they became ac- quainted 18 months ago and kept company f ten months. Prisoner was not willing for her to give him up, and he had told her that if he caught her with anyone else ne would shoot her. Prosecutrix recounted how she went to the Queen's Hotel—where th prisoner came every day—and then went to Treforest to get out of the way of the prisoner, who, however, found her out And went up chere four times. Mr. Ivor Bowen Did you go out with him then?—Yes. Did you come back to Cardiff a rwa.rd.s Y -No, I went then to a situation at Langland Bay Hotel. Why did you go there?—To get out of his way. Did be find you out there?—Yes. She left Langland Bay on the day before Good Friday and came back to the Royal, Cardiff. Prosecutrix then related the prisoner's efforts to see her, and when he caught her by the wrists she did say, "For God's sake, let me go; I will befaithful." On the after- noon of the date named she had seen him and then slipped him. He came up to her by the hotel, and she noticed him put his

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