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Monmouthshire Midsummer Sessions.


Monmouthshire Midsummer Sessions. In our lust number, we were uoable to give the whole of the busioes* done atlbese sessions, owing to its protracted length, the Court having been occupied until about one o'clock on Friday. We now give the conclusion of the business, and append a notice of a conversation which afterwards occurred on the Bench, relating 10 Newport prosecutions :— John Davies was found guilty of buiglanously entering the dwelling house of Charles Thorn. gamekeeper, St. Pierre, and stea ing two frocks and one shatyl.-Four months' hard labour in Hie house of coirection. Mary Smith was acquitted of the charge of uttering counter- feit coin at Newport. Joseph Smith was found guilty of stealing 5 lbs. weight of veal, the property of John Herbert, Tievethin, and was sentenced io six weeks' hard labour io the house of correction. Ana Powell was charged with siealiog 26 lbs. weight of lead at Pontypool, the property of Benjamin Lewis and Thomas Dunn.— Acquitted. Eliza Tippins and Thomas Newman was charged with stealing a witch and other articles, at Abergavenny, the piopertyoi David Whitty.Newman was acquitted, Tippins found guilty, and seuteoced to three months' hard labour in the county gaol. Patrick Neal was found guilty of stealing, with William Brown, who pleaded guilty, two coats and a trowsers, at New- poit, the property of Thomas Moys, mate of the Lavinia, then lying at Newport.-Gudt\Brown, one month end Neal, six weeks' hard labour in the house of correction.—Mr. Barrett counsel for the prosecution. John Davis was charged with slealing I jacket, a waistcoit, and a trowsers, the properly of William Hughes, Newport.— Mr. Barrett for the prosecution.-Thia also was a robbery of clothes from a vessel, on the way fiom another port to Newport. When the vessel arrived at the latter port, the prisoner left tbe vessel, and the clothes wete misled shortly afterwards: he was coon af:er met by pios icu'or, with the verygatmeat" on his back. —Guitty two weeks' hard labour, with one private whipping, in ihe house of correction. William Jeokios and Thomas Davies were charged with steal- ing two tame ducks, the properly of John Williams, Aberystruih. —-Mr. Rickirds prosecuted; and Mr. Daniel defended.—The evidence in this case was of a vety unsatisfactory chaiucter, inas- much as the feathers given into the jury box by the prosecutor, as the feathers of the ducks, were pronounced, amidatroarsot laughter, to be the feathers of cocks and hens." And a pair of extraordinary-looking wings put in also, were pronounced by ihu learned counsel for the defence, to be "gull's wings," ami he hoped the jury would not be gulled by such a couple. 1\1r. Daniel c-tlled witnesses to character, one of them serving on the jury and the Chairman having summed up, the jury leturned a verdict of not guilty. Catherine Macurthy was charged with stealing 60 lbs. weighi of pig iron, the property of John Attwood, Newport.— Mr. Rickards.for the prosecution, called Edmund Jones, thefoie- roan on the yard, who proved seeing the prisoner receive the iron from another giil and being about to walk away with it, tie went out, and took her in:o custody, and nfternards gave her, with the i.-oo, into P.C. Hooper's care.—Guilty. One mouth'. lurd labour in the house of correction. Jame6 Smith was chargtil atealing some bread and cheese, .nd tobacco, at Newport, the property of Beatrice Morgan.— Mr. Danie', for tiie prosecution, called Miss Morgan, who proved ihat the prisoner came into the shop, pretending to pur- chase biead and cheese, which, being obtained with some tobacco, he ran off with.— P.C. Loug proved taking the prisoner into custody, who s^id he had done it from waoi.—Guilty. Fourteen dHY.' hard labour, and to ba once privately whipped, in the house of correcicn. noBBBRY AT NEWPORT. EXPENSES REFUSED. I homas D<vies was charged with stenl:ng four ounces of tohac.o. at Newport, the property of Robert Gwver.— Mr, Rickards, counsel for prosecution, called Mrs. Gwýer: beer housekeeper, who proved that IIle prisoner sat down in her house by the side of tobacco, belonging to her, which he after- wauis sto!e—Another witnef proved finding the tobacco inside 'he prisoner's waistcoat and shirt. Thomas Hopkins, late of the Newport police force, proved laking the prisoner ioto cuiody, and receiving the tobacco.—Prisoner vowed that he knew nothing about the mattei—he huving drunk nine pints of beer, and bein, u cuntcioua lit the tune.—Not lie Court woti!d no, allow lbs expenses and said the jury had come to a very proper dechioc.— Mr. Rirkards Appealed against the decision c<f the Cour: but the Chairman said the man hKd got drunk in iii- prosecutor's own beet-house, and \hen chargtd him with lobbeiy. — Expenses refused.— We have since heard ii,:ii the expenses o' one witness, who had come liom Southampton, were a.Joivid. FRIDAY. William nitchings pleaded guilty to stealing, m Uacwenartli, a pliirt, the piopeny of Rosser Prosser, ao« was heotenccd l:, lour:eeo day!) ( o be whipped) in the house of correction. Joseph Colhos and George pleaded t:ui!ty to steal ng a I"k! of bread, the property 01 G:-orge Jones, Bedwtliy, and were sentenced to fourteen d,,ys' t,aid labour in the house of correction. Tiiotnas Taylor and William S snion were charged with steal- ing a large quantity ef leid from an outhouse in the occupation of Totn Benjamin Bachelor, Newport.— Mr. Ruk-uds counsel for the prosecution and Ali. Daniel delendtd.—Ti:e prisoners were fou nd not giniTy. CHARGE OF STEALING AT BEDWELTY. Elizabeth C-irpenter was charged with stealing a gown, the property of Jane Jones, Bedwelty.— Mr. Rickards prosecuted, called June Jones, who couid not S; eik English. An inter- preter w!»s sworn, who stated that stie said ehe was lodging with ,%] ria .1,)nes;, in tF.0 fi;on!li of at 1'redezat. Prisoner lodged there at the same time. Witness went away ill, and lef; c!o:hes there and when next she saw her yown, i: was on the prisoner, and she was then in custody.—Prisoner said prosecutrix had her the gown, when ill, aad had paid her for it.—The next witness sworn, said, in Welsh, she cou'd not speak English and on the interpreter being sworn, and the first question put Do you no w the prisoner at the bar ? "Oh. yes," cried tut the wllness. very well, indeed." She was then examined in English, and gave very good answers.—The polu'ensau gave evidence of taking prisoner into custody, with tt e gown upon ht-r the gown being now identified by the prose- cuirii.— Prisoner, with sobs and tears, told her slory of having bought the gown of prosecutrix for a shilhng.-Not guilty, MARSHFITLDS. NAVVY ROPBING NAVVY. William Roberts was charged with stealing at Msrshfield, on ihe 2nd of June, the monies of Timothy Halloran,—A person named Coles had been discharged in this case, the grand jury having ignored the bill.—Mr. Rickards called Elizabeth Beiry, who said tier husband worked for Mr. Sharp, railway contractor. Halloran was with her husband on Siturday evening, the 2nd of June, when ihe changed a sovereign for Halloran, and gave him seven nalf.crown., and one shilling, which he put into a leathern put,e, after deducting a shilling which he gave to lier.-Piobe- cutor said he had after this, gone to a public.house at Marlh- fieid, where the prisoner and Coles were, and he then gave them a quart of beer, He afterwards went ou<side, dni was ill. Whiltl there, Roberts and Coles cams out aDd asked li;m for a "hilling to pay for the beer. Refused, and nid he would come in and pay himself. They again requested iI, aud he egaio re- fused when Roberts stole his puise and mon-y out of his pocket. Never saw the purse figuia. Charged Roberts after- wards in the house, and received a violent blow fiom him in ft- turn, which wis repeated outside the house, and a struggle ensued. lie then went to bed, and at his own request, Ihd landlord locked him in.—David Jonei, beerhouse-keepe-, Marshfield, corroborated those poriions of prosecutot's story re- lating to himself, and added—when Roberts came in, he paid for alllhe hecl he drank that evening, with a half-crown. Then witness asked him if he had the money. H:obertt.sa)dhehad not, and he would be searched but beforo he could be, he re- fused but promised to be searched next morning but he. went off next day. before witness got up,—Serjeant Trevethin proved tikio,, Roberts into custojy on the day after the robbery. Having searched him, after some difficulty, he found four shilling* and a sixpence, and three half-crowns.—Guilty. Two months'hard labour in the county gaol. TREDEGAR. TOO MUCH TONGUE. John Williams was charged wnh stealing a beef tongue, at Bedwelty, the property of Elizibeth Price.—Mr. Rickards called Sarah Bishop, who said she was servant of prosecutor, who kept the Miners'Arms, 1 redegtr. 00 Ihe 4;11 of May, thlee ox. tongues were hung up 'n ''ie ,aP~room, one of which she herself hung up that day. Prisoner was in the same room that day, and she went in search of him to consequence of information she re- ceived. Sile found him at the GloOe. P.C. Davies came io take him into custody, and he said if he were allowed to go, he would letch the tongue in two or three mioutes. Prisoner was selling oil cloths at the Miners Arms, and had gone off imme- diately after the robbery. Not guilty. INFORMALITY -LICAIIE (;F PRISONERS. Bridget Gogan, Ann Richardson, Catherine Sullivan, and Ellen Sullivao, four small girls, "efe charged w.th stealing 1 rwl. 80 lbs. of pig iron, ihe properly of John Lewis end others Newport.— William Gf 'een, examine! by 1\lr. Rickard. proved that soon after one o clock, on t ie 12;!i June, he saw the prisoners engi^ed in pluoderlngthe iron from the stacks. 'I he prisoDtis were apprehended a fgvv dnys afterwards-Miaø Richardson frigh-ened poor Greeo by the vohemeni y with wa:ch she accused him of all sorts o. crimes. The witnesi Green said the company consisted of John Lewis and another.—The Chair- man said as the indictment laid the propeity as belonging to John Lewis and others, the prisoners must be discharged, i !)#y were accordingly pronounced not guilty. SMASHING AT ABERGAVENNY. Edward Hughes was charged with having uitered two counter t called feit sixpences, a1 Abe.-goenny.— M». Rickaids called MIS. Wormtin, who proved that the prisoner come into her house, and had a penovworth of cidef, for which he tendered a counteifeit coin, which she brokd In two, 3nd he then went away. Prisoner tried the same scheme at ti,e house of Mr. Edmunds, and pot fivepence change from the Undlady.—Mr. Superintendent Din- ham proved taking prisoner into custody on ti e chuige, and find- ing upon him the bioken sixpence and fivepence ID coppers.— The prisoner mude a very foolish story In detence, and being found guilty, be was sentenced to thiee months in the county gaol, be having already been nearly three months in custody. ASSAULT ON 1 11K ABERGAVENNY SUPERINTENDENT. Joseph Bowen was c haroed wllh assiiultHlg A jr. Superintendent Dinham, at Abergavenny, on the 4th of June last.Mr. Rickards examined compUinant, who stated that on the day named he went to apprehend prisoner at the Old Pellows' Arms, Abergavenny, wlieo he was knocked down, kicked about the head, ribs, and body, and his coal loro-tho very garment, it was said—about which some little excitement had existed among the commissioners—his pair ot trousers, filso, were in tatteie; altogether seivt-d out rascally. Ail this occurred because the Superintendent had «o with 11111), -which might have given prisoner a crack or two sufficient stop his nonsense.—The const P. blePiosser con firmed some portion of the evidence—J o.i o Powell, a lad fourteen years of age. ptoved the assault also.— Harriet Deuner corroborated the other witnesses -is to the b'ows and kicks received by the Superintendent.—The prisoner, in h s address to the jury, said his dislike to go to the lock-up at Abergavenoy, was tn coostqucnee of its very damp and anhealth ondition, or he should have gone there quietly with the Superintendent. He furtntr stated that Dinham h».d got him drun'i! alter charging him, that he might make him lurn rusty, and assault him, so that there might beaching". He said it was the very first charge nzaing' him.—The Chairman said it was very improbable that the Superintendent shuuld give a m:;n beer with a view to get a serious beating in letuin.—Guilty. — I he Chair man hen read nine convictions of assault ag-iinst him. — Iwelve months' hard labour in the house of correction. PROSECUTIONS FROM NEWPORT. Before the Court rose Mr. Rickards pressed upon the Chairman to allow the costs in the case of Thomas Dav;es, who had been acquitted of steal- ing tobacco, the propeity of Thomas Gwyer, beerhouse-keeper, Newport. A conversation thereupon arose on the Bench between the magifartes, Mr. Bosauquet, Mr. W. A. Williams, jun., and Mr. H. M. Hawkins, as to the large number of prisoners com- rai'ted from Newport for trial. Mr. W. A. Williams said he believed there WAS a compromise between the police and the town council of Newport, as to the expenses of the former; and he understood that the same gentle man wha acted atcterk to the county magistrates, ,110 aCled 10 that capacity for the magistrates of the borough, lie (Mr. W.) did not know how prosecutions were disposed of; but there was aa impression abroad, supported, slso, by a letter which he had reed in the MCP.LIN, that the borough roagistraies' cleik WES in- terested in thnS8 prosecutions. M'. Charles Piothero, clerk of the peace, most emphatically deoted that ihere was anv ground for such imputation as the clerk of the borough magistrates w»s cot in tlu s tg test degree interested in any prr.secutioos emanating fiom JNewport, Tht! subject lieie dropped, "ad the Court rose.

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