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BRKCONSB IRE. The Winter Assizes for Breconshire was com- menced on Monday, Lord Justice Brett taking his seat on the bench shortly before eleven o'clock. THH GRAND JURY. The following gentlemen were sworn in as the grand juryMessrs. Wm. de Winton, George Overton. Colonel Thomas Conway Lloyd, Charles Evan Thomas, Major J. W. Morgan, David Evans, Colonel F. X, Gwynne, Captain J.Hotchkiss, Colonel W.Jones Thomas, Henry de Winton, James Williams, D. Jeffries Powell, Rees Williams, Captain Frank Travers, Captain A. H. Miers, Captain J. bargrave Watkins, Edward Davies, J. Bruce Fowler, Lewis Jones, John Morgan Thomas, and J. Talfourd Jones. His Lordship addressed the grand jury.. THK OUTRAGE ON A BRECONSHIKE FARMER. The Clerk of Airaigus, after a consultation with his lordship, inquired if the superintendent of police was present. Superintendent Flye, appearing in the witness- box, answered. His Lordship said: My attention has been called to an alleged outrage on a farmer in the county. Have you the conduct of the case 'i Superintendent Flye: Agaiust two gentlemen, ill v lord ? His Lordship: Yes. Superintendent Flye: It is on the other side of the county, adjoining Glamorganshire. His Lordship: You have the conduct of the case ? Superintendent Flye: Yes, my lord. His Lordship Well, you know the ordinary rule is to have both before the magistrates, in order that they may be committed, but if, as alleged here, the parties accused have absconded, the first thing to do—the thing that ought to be done —is to bring your witnesses here and attach them before the grand jury, and the grand jury would find a bill, and they would ba arrested wherever theygo. Superintendent Flye: I received a warrant on Saturday, my lord. His Lordship (sternly): Never mind that. Superintendent Flye: I hope to execute the warrant this week. His Lordship It ought to come before the grand jury. Can you have the witnesses here r1 Superintendent Flye: No, my lord. The case was adjourned for a month on Friday, as the old man was too ill to attend. If we could have had his attendance the case would have gone on. His Lordship: That comes of a person having a prosecution who knows nothing about it. If he were too ill to appear, you might bave taken his evidence before a magistrate. Superintendent Flye: I tried to get a magistrate for that purpose, but. failed to do so, as the doctor certified he was not in danger of death at the time. His Lordship Very well; it is all wrong. Subsequently the Judge again referred to this case in discharging the grand jury. The Judge (having alluded to another matter) said: There is also another case, where it is stated that some per- sons have ill-treated another. It is said that they have absconded, and if they have they are exceed- ingly foolish people, for if tnev run away when a charge is made they will have to stay away for ever. They have done a fooUsh thing in running away, and it would have been far better for them to have faced the charge, and have seen the worst of it. If something happened to prevent those who had the conduct of the prosecu- tion having a proper prosecution, then, under those circumstances, the proper thing to do would he to bring the witnesses here, if they could be brought without endangering life, and, in the absence of these people who were supposed to have run away, to have preferred a bill against them. If they (the grand jury) found a bill against them, then they would be liable to be arrested wherever they were, and tried whenever they were arrested. It appeared from the policeman who has charge of the prosecution, and who might be clever in his own line, that he knows nothing about such prosecutions, but that the person who was ill- treated was ill. He said he knew that, but the men might have been brought here with some difficulty, and a bit! ought to be presented to you. However it ie, what I mean to say is that, although it is quite right to a iopt the ordi- nary course of taking the men before the magis- trates to see if the magistrates will commit, yet if there were reasonable grounds for believing that these people had absconded, and they could not be taken before the magistrates, the police should have preferred a bill before the grand jury. It has not been done, and the charge is hanging over the heads of these foolish people, unless they have the good sense to come back anid stand by what they have done. In consequence of their own folly i' warrant is issued against 'them, and instead of coming back quietly they Will be brought back by thspoiicp. That is their fault and not ours. This case cannot now be brought before you, and the best thing I can now do is to discharge you, and thank you for your services. ALLEGED OBTAINING FOOD BY FALSE PRETENCES. David Jermin, 29, a labourer, was indicted for obtaining food and lodging bv false pretences, the property of Margaret Willing, Lamb Inn. Brecon. Mr. F. North (instructed by ",Ir. H. Edgar Thomas) prosecuted. Prisoner on the 15th inst. obtained lodgings of the prosecutrix upon pretending that he was a cattle dealer, and sent stock to Southampton and other places. He stayed there two days, and prisoner's movements at night time being suspicious, she told him he must, seek fresh lodgings. She de- manded 6s. 3d. in payment of what he had up to that time, but prisoner had no money to pay. He was subsequently arrested by Police-Sergeant Lewis, who found upon hiqj a revolver, twenty cartridges, and an old book, but no money. The jury found the prisoner guilty, and he w- sen- tenced to six months' imprisonment. THKFT OF GKKSE AT HAY. David Griffiths, 26, a labourer, was indicted for stealing three geese, value 60s., the property of Mr. Peter Geovgg, Caennntmelyn Farm, near Hay. Mr. North prosecuted. The evidence showed that on the morning of the 26th of January prosecutor hearing a noise in the farm-yard, got tip, and. wit II his Mn and daughter, who were also awakened, saw a man and a dog in the coal-yard. They went downstairs and discovered three geese missing. Information was ^given to the police, and between three and four o'clock in the morn- ing, whilst Police-Constable Williams and Mr. George, jun., were walking along a path in a field towards the farm they saw prisoner following. In a. bedroom in prisoner's house Police-Sergeant Stephen Davies, of Hay, found two dead geese, and near by wher3 prisoner was apprehended Davies also found a live goose. The three geese wore identified. Prisoner was found guilty, and the judge sentenced him to fpur months' imprison- ment with hard labour. REPRIMANDING A CORONER. His Lordship, in discharging the grand jury, said t.he.re tum something else that ought to have been laid before them. There w«fl a case in the county in which a coroner had held an inquisition, and the jury had found a. verdict of manslaughter against a certain person. That coroner it appeared was the person who took diarge of the prosecu- tion, and this he apprehended was not a good practice. The coroner had certainly made a mistake which, perhaps, for him was an unnatural one. The coroner had written a letter to say he knew that a man was tried for manslaughter fit Glou- cester, the meaning of which, as far as he (the judge) could catch it, was that the blow which caused the death was struck in Monmouthshire, ,HId the man died in Breclflshire, and for some reason or other the man Was probably tried at Gloucester. The coroner said he had business in London, and asked that !!JJ might be excused coming there that day, because, he said, the man was tried at Gloucester. ¡hecol'oner had for- gotten himself, for by his action ho had made himself judge. The man ought to have been there to be tried on the coronet's inquisition. The coroner was wrong in his law, and he (the judge) would advise lum, in a. friendly way, to have nothing to do with prosecutions. The proper course, and what ought to have been done, was to prefer a bill against the man, and then, if he could show that, he had been trieJ nt Gloucester, that was a defence for him.—At the rising of the court John William Lewis, the man committed on the coroner's inquisition, was palled, but did not answer. NTORT POACHIKO AT HAY. Evan Worthing, James Worthing, son of the former, Morgan Lloyd, and John Greenway, farm servants, young men of respectable appearance, answered their recognisances on the charge of night, poaching 011 woodland, the property of Lord Hereford, on the, 20th of November. Mr. Jeffries prosecuted, and Mr. n. Francis Williams defended all tho prisoners, excepting Morgan Lloyd, but, at the suggestion of the judg<* Mr. Williams also undertook his defence. The jury retired, and after a brief deliberation found all the prisoners guilty, excepting Evan Worthing, against whom a verdict of not guilty was returned. The Judge sentenced James Worthing to three months' im- prisonment, and Greenwav and Lloyd to two months each. The other prisoner was acquitted. The court then rose until 10-30 this morning. Lord Justice Brett continaod these assiz.es on Tiifisdav, taking his scat ontho bench promptly i\t 10.30, EXTRAOUDJNARY HORSE DXAT.WO ^RAVSACTIONS.— A JUISIKO KVIDKKCE, Septimus Powell, an elderly man, whose name win not, on the Calendar, was indicted for stealing two horses, value /:2, the property of Mr. Job Davies, l-'rynmawr. MI" Llewellyn prose- cuted. Prosecutor's evidence was to the effect that on 8atui the 19th of January, he sent, prisoner with two old worn out horses from Brynrcinwr to Mr. Gibbs's horse slaughtering establishment, Merthyr. Mr. Gibbs agreed to give £2 for the horses". On the Tuesday following Davies found that the horses had been sold to and killed p.t Mr. Gibbs's. George nix, cheese hawker, met prisoner on the road from Hrynroawr with the two horses. He asked prisoner if he would sell the horses, and the wentlemnn" — (laughter) — said Yes." Asked the price, and he said 30s. Witness offered him a. sovereign but he would nor, accept it. Then asked him if he would buy cheese—(laughter)—and he said he did not care. Afterwards agreed to give him apiece of cheese, lSlbs., worth 8s., ana a sovereign for the horses. (Laughter.) Prisoner gave him a penny back for luck. (Roars ef laughter.) Sold one óf the horses to Mr- R, Leonard, Merthyr, for 10s. and a .set of harness. Tho other horse fell down on the road, and was rolled off on to the mountain. Sold that horse for £4 10s. (Loud laughter.)—Mr. Bichard Leonard, Merthyr, and a man named Bolton, in the employ of ML Gibbs, also gave evidence. The hearing of the case caused much amusement, and the jury finding prisoner guilty ho was sentenced to three months' impri- sonment. THE NIOHT POACHING CASK AT HAY. James Worthing, Morgan Doyd. and John Greenway, the men sentenced on the previous day for night poaching on woodland belonging to Lord Hereford, were, by the direction of the learned judge, placed 111 the dock. The Judge than said that the three had been convicted for poaching. He told them at the time that for the reason it was their first offence, and that they did not resist, the keepers, he would give them as light a punishment as he could. He bad made inquiries about them, ■w i ul from what he had been told he did not think iey were people who had made up their minds o be poachers. He had come to the conclusion r iuit they were suddenly tempted about Christmas to see what poaching was like, and to see whether it was the fun people thought it was. He had heard that up to this time they were respectable men, and that they had exceedingly good cha- racters. He had seen the clergyman of their parish, whose gun they seemed to have taken—and he could not help thinking that the facility with which they got the parson's gun was a thing which tempted them to go. James Worthing was a man of superior station, and he (the judge) feared that he persuaded the other men to go out poaching. He meant to alter the sentence passed, and thought he was justified in doing so, not in the least because he (the judge) sympathised with poaching, or that, he thought they did not do wrong, but on account of their previous character. He (the judge) meant to keep them out of contact with all the ruffians in prison. James Worthing's sentence would be altered to two months instead of three, and he should not be imprisoned with hard labour. If he did he would immediately be placed amongst all the scoundrels who were real crimi- nals that were in prison. The other two prisoners had been sentenced to two months with hard labour, and he would diminish that sentence to one month withouLhard labour. (Applause in couit.)








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