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Monmouthshire Midsummer Sessions.

The Burglary at Woodland*.



PONTYPOOL PETTY SESSIONS.—JUNE 30. Magistrates present-W. A Williams, Esq., and the Rev. David Jones. Thomas Morris was charged with committing an assault on Emma Burrage.— Defendant to pay costs. Cornelius Driscoll wascbarged with assaulting John Hurley. —Fined 2s. Gd., and costs, in default to be committed for one month. Margaret Morgan appeared to answer to a summons for tress- passing on the property of David Davies, of Blaenafon.—Mr. Owen appeared for the defence.— I'o nay 12s. 6d. William Powell was charged with assaulting John Lewis.— Settled out of court. Henry Banfield was charged with stealing jE8 4s. 6d. of Rees iklnrgan. Mr. Owen appeared for the defence.—Complainant to pay V, con". David Parry appeared to answer to a summons for committing an assault on John iliiams.—The complainant did not appear, and the case was dismissed. Mary How;ll was chained with assaulting Jane S:ephens. Io pay os. fid. Esther Ura .fo d was charged with assaulting Emelia Eddy — Mr. Owen de ended.—To pay default to be committed for seven days. Elizabeth Grant was charged with assaulting Ann William*. Io pay 3s. each. Several non-removal of nuitance cases were disposed of; proper activity beginning to prevail in this important service. THOMAS MORGAN v. RrcHARD EDWAIIDS. This was an information preferred by Mr. Morgan, an excise otricv-r, against the defendant, Mr. Edwards, a maltster, residing at Blaenafon, or Llanover Upper, for breach of excise laws. for which. penalties to the amount were claimed, Uuder 7 and 8 Geo. IV. c. -52 and 63; and 4 and 5 Wm. IV. c. Ol, s. 5 and (j and 11 Geo. IV. c. 17, s. 7. The Collector of the district staled the case at great length, and cited the several Acts of Parliament with minuteness and tailed I.. Tliomos Place, who stated that he w as supervisor of excise for this district On the 30th of January and 6th of February last, he made what is cailed a check or unexpected survey at tbe pre- mises of defendant, and on entering the malthouse, he found two steeping* making into malt; one was six and the other ten days old. Noticed a quantity of steeped peas; some were quite mouldy. Went then to the upper part of the malthouse on reaching the kiln, tie found a steeptnj of malt in operation. He then examined a heap of dry malt, found it quite hot in the shape of a cone there were sixty-four bushels. He then guaged malt in kiln, sixty-seven bushels; and tu o young flours of malt in operation, titiy-hve and fifty-six bushels. Defendant had credit tor three steepings since 4th January last; credit for three steepings on 1st ot February The next steeping was couched on Ihe26!h Jannary. Steeping kept on floor fq ahoat tweUe dllvs. The klin could be dried off ia sixteen or twenty houls. There was one sleeping more thun defendant hd credit for. Went into the village to get assistance; met the defendant, who went Wack with witness to the malthouse, and charged him with having f/autjuicntiv introduced a steeping of malt. Defendant said he h"d not-that there was no mait but what he had either paid or would pay duty for, and that the malt which was hot had been on the kiln the pievious nay jor the purpose of browning it. Witness then asked defendant which malt had been fraudulently introduced, that on the kiln, or the heap of dry malt? be said", neither. Winess hen w en! to a cottage adjoining defendant's, but found nothing went to a dwelling-house adjoining, and asked defendant to give admittance he said he could nOI, 2S he bad given up possession to his landlord some time back. Wit- ness obtained entrance through one of the windows, by pushing back the bolt with his knile, and searched the dwelling-house found the key hole slopped, and pieces of sacking fastened over the windows; found in that and the other room a s eeping 01 malt, sixty-one bushels; then searched the other part of tht home, and foundaiticles of furniture found outer cellar locked opened it, and large empty tubs, and a quantity oi steeptd peas, similar in size and appearance 10 those in the rnaithouse, hut none iiad vegetated. In tile cellar adjoining, were several small casks wilh taps iu them.S. a lew grains in opera- tion, and the floor appeared ag if a floorine of malt bad been worked there. Was asked by Stephens, defendant's maltster, bow oid was the steepine ot malt in the dwelliog-house. Mr. J. Pliillpotts, tor defendan', objected to the answer being received as evidence against defendant, and Mr. Wiliiams held the objection eood. Witness seized the malt in the kiln, and the heap of dry malt sixtv-four bushels, and sixiy-one in the dwelling house; that in the malthouse as betng Irandulently introduced, and that in the dwell:ng-f¡(JII.e lor beln in an unentered place. Witness said that on the 20th of March, he found a key on defendant's Lunch which unlocked the cellar door of the d-veliicg house. Witness, produced a plan of the premises, and gave explanations to the bench. Witness was cross examined by Mr. Pliillpotts, but nothing was eliCIted to affect the principal points of the case. James Charles Hill Defendant is a tenant of mine has been so for four years; he rented the d welling-honse about twelve cl'he would5 nnrP °,Cl"ber last required bim to do so because he ould^ not pay the rent; the keys were brought to Into soon aner the tenancy expired. 1\1r. PhJllpotts declined asklnlt this witness anv question and count in the information, for having or grain in unentered nlarps which was iht burden ofth#» uDenierea places, evHenrp. 01 the ottence, was not sustained 1,y a"y il v to ^heTthat tlL fe 7s but ? trifl,n* circumstance tn any way to .new that the defendant ungM have an*thintr »n do with Ihe dwelling house that the landlord, c.lfed by ,he complainant l'ro ed ,he UP P'-ssession, and the key of the premises, ;ome months before the alleged offence; and tntJe absence of other proof, the malt found there mi^ht be his fth«. landlord's). And in a case where the statu,eR werelo excessiS penal, mfhctinp penalties accumulating to £ SOO, he called unon the Bench to reqime. as in comma! cases, the strictest proof and give defendant he benefit of any probable circumstances in his favour 'hat any rival niiltster, wishing to injure defendant might, by skeleton keys, deposit malt in the house which wai proved unoccupied, and give Informtlon to the Excise. or anv person wishing to evaoe the duty. might have done the same- and there were manyolher probable means with which defendant •nisrht not he connected. WIth respect to the 2nd. count for wetting malt without due noting, there was no proof whatever, it being melely suspicion officer. That accordJnto 'he answer given by defendant to piace the hot malt and malt on the kiln had been placed there lPerely (or the purpose ot giving it a higher colour, and. that •he durj |,ac| a:ready been paid for it. fhe other counts depended Oil the first; and Mr. P. submitted that the most favourable should be given to defendant. !'e Magistrates thought the 1st count proved, and convicted on in the mitieated penalty of £ 100; and on the last, f„r re- mo-iug malt to evade the dtv. in £ 2o-recommending, that as r'endamjhad not been complained of, and had not the means carrying fraud to anv great estent. the Commissioners of Inland ,yen.ue should further reduce the penalties to £ 50, which the co.iec or promised to represent to the Board, intimating that such recommendations was Generally attended to.


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