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TREDEGAR- PETTY SESSIONS, CASTLE INN.—FEB. 20. (Before George Homfray, Esq.) DISGUSTING CHARGE AGAINST AN AGED MAN. Rees J ames, aged 51, a. married man, and the father of seven children, working as an ostler in the employ of Mr. John Armstrong, master-miner, under the Tredegar com- pany, was charged with feloniously assaulting two little girls, named Ann Rees, ten years old, and Mary Jones under ten years of age, in a loft above the stable of his master, in the Coach Row, Tredegar, on Saturday, the 28th of Januai-y. The prisoner was defended by the clerk of Mr. Horace Shepard, in the absence of that gentleman From the statement of the little girls,'it appeared that they were playing M the stableyard, in the evening in question; that prisoner took up both under his arms, and carried them into the chaff-room that he there told them what he intended doing that they cried, when he drew a knife, and threatened to run it through them that he then committed the offences with which he was charged and promised them money that they afterwards complained to their mothers of suffering from a burning pain; and that thereupon an inquiry took place, which led to the appre- hension of the prisoner. Mr. Halley, surgeon, gave evidence of finding the parts of the children inflamed and diseased. The act of rape had not been committed. James J arrett deposed as follows :—I am a policeman at Tredegar Iron Works. Yesterday evening (Sunday, the 19th), I had information that the prisoner, Rees James, had been abusing five little girls at Coach Row, and that three of them were then ill, from the abuse they had received. One of the children was just over ten years of age, and all the others under ten years. I apprehended the prisoner at his stable door. I told him the charge against him, and he said, "I know nothing at all about them. I never touched them. They have been coming to the stable to annoy me. I threw a bucket of water towards them, to send them away." Last night, about eleven o'clock, I took the prisoner's supper to him, in the lock-up and, while searching him, he voluntarily said, What I am afraid of is, Mrs. Sloper's examination of the girls and he further said, Don't you be very bad against me it will be a sove- reign in your pocket to-morrow night." He also told me to-day, since he has seen his attorney, You will surely have the sovereign to-night." I made him no answer either time. Since I have apprehended the prisoner, and in con- sequence of hearing about a knife from the children's rela- tions, I searched him for one, and asked him if he had A knife. He said he had not one about him, but there were two in the stable. The knife I produce I found in the stable. The mothers of the children now stated what had been told them by the girls, and the condition in which the poor children were. The case occupied seven hours in hearing. The prisoner reserved his defence, and was committed to take his trial at the Monmouth assizes.


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