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MURDER TRIAL AT SWANSEA.

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MURDER TRIAL AT SWANSEA. TERRIBLE CARDIFF TRAGEDY RECALLED. STORY OF STRANGE LIGHTS ON THE WALL. ACCUSED'S DISTRESS IN THE DOCK. TO BE DETAINED DURING KING'S PLEASURE. At the Glamorgan Assizes at Swansea on Friday—before Mr. Justice Jelf-Thomaö Parkins (43), described in the calendar as of no occupation, was indicted for the mur- der of his daughter, Alice, at Canton, Car- diff, on June 2nd. Mr. Ellis Griffiths, M.P., and Mr. A. Clive Lawrence prose- cuted op behalf of the Treasury, and pri- soner was defended by Mr. Ivor Bowen. Prisoner, who was attired in a blue lounge suit, pleaded "Not guilty" when ar- raigned, his voice betraying deep emotion. As the jry were being sworn prisoner, with a. downct gaze, wept silently. Mr. Ellis Griffiths, M.P., in opening, said the prisoner came to Cardiff in 1901, and was employed by the Customs. He left his occupation in July last year without notice, an nad since been out of employment. The tragedy occurred on June 1st (night) and the early morning of June 2nd. Pri- scuer iad a r-^ur daughters, and a son nan vViiliams, the daughters and mother eepmg in the front bedroom, and the pri- aruJ son, aged 12, in the middle • After all having supper together on ls> th* Pri5QIWr «wi his little boy It LnW k,MtelrS P^y^g "crib." Then liehts rwn <-k reia-ted that the prisoner saw S woZ Wfls an<i Pictur^- He the nw f P]ay any more, and turned "?Uie oevleH °0J'» ana counsel pro- bemc faunW tragedy, the prisoner eldest Ho, uT family upstairs. Tne inflicted bf h^er with blows heard >>I\L f tat,her, and a voice was co^Sed in\dad> Alice was dis- had sixtf^rf ,lbie c°ndition the mother skuij • vf sca^P wounds and a fractured another* a:i. LnJnr>' to ^.vc the head indS the bac;< of wounds in th maa Was su^erLnS from cured anW 6 Assistance was pro- In the 6 Ullur6d removed to hospital, a chisel L- °°m WjFe {ourtd of wood, Hood y a:n<* hammer covered wit.li injured nU, succ«mbed, was terribly A ?haad- Counsel under- was nrvt- w»nld be contended prisoner would h*> "Sponsible at the time, but that wiir for the jury to decide. wwl u /a'rkLns. the son of the prisoner, ton of a^nd sbo^^re came only to the fafcko™. Witneee-box, spoke to asking his i p|ay "crib on the night of June orm*M n.lnf o'clock his father said he went J*? on wall, and then he +Q and they continued saw He again said he doum fr ? turn^ the pictures, and turned the lamp and the lights disappeared, Then nis father turned up the lamp and w« + "Appeared. At one o'clock his father nt out and shouted, "If you people don't showing these lights in the windows, yon U he very sorry." Then prisoner came back and said, "You can see the lights now. Witness said, i -es. Prisoner then said, I (jet the chopper." Witness, however, went- ^nd hid it up the chimney, and asked his father if he was not going to bed. His rather said witness co'jl-d to bed if Uked. Witness went ti> sioop in the chair ownsfcarrs, and when lie woko he saw his father with s ra*>r. Witness -Wag fright- "Don't daddy," and th>?n pri- saw^h• se^' kirn Witness ma upstairs and a lre lying on her stomach in „P?° blood, and looked round the room tW +u n -raTT)e downstairs. He noticed t the middle room door, which was off its utg€8, was put against the front door, emoving it witness ran ont into the street »_nd stayed with another resident in the stnJet, tai the police came. In cross-examination, the little boy said 80 far as he was concerned there was no quarrel at alL Hia father bad been out work for a long time, but had not been miserable. Witness saw -ights on the night m question. His father had during li<rb+^)re^ri0ns morL^ complained of seeing Once or twice before prisoner had i UP famfiy during the night. The r referred to had been off its hinges rough it being swung on. Prisoner had • °f brown P^r and table cloths r^4 it W?.r!<?OW8 "P downstairs to keep vhl u j^ts- P'Tfioner had told had been saarchli^hts playing on the ouse, which was situate in Lincoln-street. "Wzs there a searchlight?" asked coun- 'èl. « was a light on Mr. Robinson's, next door," was the reply. f did he say hs wante<1 the chopper tor .—To chop tihe people up who were Piaymg with the lights. Re..eXa.minoo: Witness saw the lights quite clearly on the wall. He did not Know where they came from. Once it looked as though the light of a lantern was playing on the wall. Ena Perkins (18), eldest daughter of the prisoner, said there was another brother uving at Clifton. The witness, who word a. white motor cap, a-nd was dressed in black, said on June 1st, prisoner was in- aoors most of the day. After supper he, mother, witnB and sisters went to sleep 111 the two beds in the front room. Wit- ness was awakened by a blow on her temple. She said, "Don't, dad." Alice, aged 13 lying as if asleep, and witness did all she coald for her. Her father was stand- ing by the door with his throat cut from OOZ to ear. Then her father went down and -he found him lying on the ecullery floor. He said, "Give me a drink and let me die." Assistarce was soon fc;tbcominf and a, doctor was fetched. ° At this stage the chisel, hammer bed key, and the pieces of wood alluded to pre- viously were produced. I Cross-examined s Prisoner had been a kind father, but for a long time he had been mostly troubled. He had served 21 years in the Royal Marines, and wa: in r*, ceipt of a, pension. He had served in aJl parts of the world, and had been through the Egyptian Jampaign. Before he left tL Customs service he had come home strange and was much upeet as he thought people wanted to hypnotise him. rhat was" the reason -e left the Customs, he stating that he would not go back for .£10 a week, Aftl.l' that prisoner tri.xl to get work elsewhere but he would never go near the docks nor allow anyone else. as "a gentleman there "-nt.ed to hypnotise him." Prisoner's pen- sion was j34 5s. a quarter. Witney earned 8s. a week, and Margaret earned 6s. The witness proceeded to relate how her father began to study phrnology-he would not go to Üb') barber s for fear anyone should interfere with his head—and became verv religious- Then instead of having his haii cut, he got his son Tommy to burn it off. After a at a peculiar mark was left on the head, and it seemed to trouble. her father I very much. vVitnres burnt her father's h-nr "bout a fortnight before the tragedy Pointing out the mark, prisoner to'd wit- ress it was individuality Ixnng tampered with. Our; prusoner woke the iamilv up about 4 a.m. He came for the purpose of seeing certain lights, but wit told him the lights were people getting

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