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MOXMOUTHSHIEE QUARTER SESSIONS. TRIAL OF PRISONERS. FIRST COCRT, TUESDAY.—(Before Mr. S. R. Bosanqudt (chairman.1, Mr. E. Lister, Mr. John James, and Captain Wiieeley. The Court opened this morning at ten o'clock, when the Chairman was supported on the Bench, in addition to the gentlemen named, by Mr. G. R. Greehow- Relph, Mr. H. M. Kennard, Major Me. Donnell, Mr. O. A. Wyatt, Mr. J. Eastham, and Mr. W. W. Phillips. The following gentleman were sworn on the Grand Jury:— J ohn Bladon, foreman. Alfred Blake, Newport J. H. Hiilier, Llanvrechva J. A. Brodrib, Newport J. Jones, Chiistchurch W. W.Cope, Caerleon llees Keene, Llanhennock W. W. Cope, Caerleon llees Keene, Llanhennock Uriah Dale, Christchurch D. Rogers, Llanhennock W. Evaus, Tredunnock O. W. Siade Newport Wm. Evans (2), Caerleon E. Whitehall, Newport E. Frtiicis, LlanvrechN-a A. 0. Watkins, Newport S. Higgs, Christchurch W. Williams, Newport E. Higgins, Christchurch J. Jones, Llanrrechva The learned CHAIRMAN then proceeded to deliver his charge. Referring to the calendar for the present Ses- sions, the Chairman observed that it was a very light calendar, and indicated that employment Was plentiful and remunerative. Although the names of 28 persons appeared in the calendar, oniv 27 would come for trial, as one prisoner had committed suijide. The cases generally were of a trivial character, and presented no difficult features requiring explanation or comment from him. There were in the calendar cases of housc- breaking, stealing from lodgings, shop lifting, and ob- taining goods under false pretences. The class of cases which swelled this calendar more than any other was stealing from the person. There were eight or nine of these cases, but none of a very aggravated character. These crimes were often committed by loose women who robbed men into whose company they got, but the cases in the present calendar appeared to be v chiefly a species of picking pockets. There was a fashion in crime as well as in other things, and practised thieves proceeded by system, aud as soon as one class of crime failed, or was IV readily detected, they resorted to another. So many of these cases appearing in th3 list, showed that the police had been exceedingly vigilant, and had detected and apprehended the offenders. There was one case of great cruelty to which he biiefly alluded— viz., that of a prisoner charged with killing a pony in a ■pit, by knocking it down with a hatchet, repeating the blow, and saying he would do so. He skeined to have conceived a spite against the pony, and hence dealt with it in a cruel manner. It may be I L-tt the poor animal was a restive one, but it did not justify a person in treating it brutally, and he must be taught to eontrol his passion. The grand jury would consider the cases, and decide whether those presented to them were such as should be sent before the Court for trial. The learned Chairman after direcfiug the grand jury as to the spe- cific nature of their duties, desired them to wr,.It)ct such indictments at first as would not delay the baseness of, the Court. APPLICATION UNDER THE HIGHWAY ACT. Mr. RELPH, on behalf of Mr. A,D. Berrington, madø- application to the Court to borrow the sum ofJESOO for he purpose of improving the Tytae-road, to be appor- tioned between the two parishes through which the road ran. After stating the nature and desirability of the improvement, Mr. R?lph left the matter ia the hands of the Court. I The CHAIRMAN said the Court would mASts ihe order, RIDDANCE OF A NOTORIOUS RIRUCR. John Harrington (40), a quay-ruoger," was indicted for stealing 561b. of coal, the property of Charles Prothero and some others at Newport, on the fith June last. Prisoner pltaded not guilty. Mr. Maddy prosecuted. P.C. Voatea clearly provea-,the chavg^, !nd said, in the chairman, that when he joined the borough force prisoner was pointed out to him as a notorious thief. Prisoner was found guilty by the jury. Detective Curtis was called, and pointed out that prisoner got his living by qnay ranging," which meant prowling about the docks collecting rope, jqnk, ftnd general refuse, and also oing 0.. board ships, &c., inducing sailors to steal and ,I stores. He was a notorious thief, and had been P-vcftl times previously convicted. The Chairman said short sentences had had no effect upon prisoner, and it now became the duty of the court to try the eh't-ct of penal servitude. He would be sentenced to penal servitude for seven years. BREAKING INTO A WAREHOUSE ANO'IH^R IIEAVY SEK- TENCE. William Ernest (18 j, of Bristol, was indicted for breaking and entering the marine stores of 'Francis Corfield, and fctealing therefrom the sum of 18s. 5d. at Newport, on the 11th uf March last. Mr. Laarenee prosecuted. Prisoner pleaded not guilty. The case appeared very simple. Prisoner had been employed by prosecutor for a day, and had ample t.ppcitunity seeing where the cash was kept. After liavicg been paid his wages, he was seen to jump off the roof of p osesutor's warehouse by a man who was passing, and giving made off, was i-ppreht'iidel'iti Bn," 01. The jury found the prisoner guilty. Ihe vetcctive,'in answer to the Chairman, said he feaieu ihe prisoner was incorrigible. He had been convicted before, and had 0nly been out of gaol a sbort time before he committed the theft with which he was now charged. Whilst in prison at Newport, he suggested to the other prisoner whether they should not try to break out. The Chair- man said prisoner would now have to see another kind of prison, which he feared was the only hope of his ever being reclaimed. He would also be sentenced to seven years' penal servitude. A LIGHT SENTENCE. George Thomas, of Abergavenny, who haJ borne a oi character for twelve years, pleaded guilty to a charge of petty theft from a companion. He was sen- tenced to fourteen days' imprisonment. THEFT RO:ll THE PERSONS. John Still, 30, labourer, and Ann Still, his wife, were indicted forfeloniously stealing from the person of Edward Jones, of Celli, near Newport, a silver lever watch on 5th May last. Prisoners pleaded not guilty. Mr. Sxnythiea prosecuted. The evidence showed that prosecute r met the prisoners in the Hand Post Inn. He sat alongside the woman, and the male prisoner' sat on the otlwr side.* After he got out, and was proceeding near the cemetery, he missed his watch. P.C. Burns came along, and he gave information of his loss. He was somewhat the worse for liquor. Richard Matthews gave corroborative testimony. Mrs. Dudge proved that the male prisoner ClUlleto her house in Newport and offered the watch for sale. She declined to buy, and recommended him to go to a pawn-shop. John Evans, of the Trout Ian, Market-street, said that prisoner desired him to lend Lim £ 1 on a watch worth £ 7, as he wanted to raise money to go to a fair in Hereford. P.C. Mae Evoy proved the apprehension of the prisoners in the neigh- bourhood of Jones-street, when. in answer to the charge, both said they knew nothing of the watch. The jury found both prisoners guilty. A previous conviction was recorded agaiust the male prisoner, and a long string of convictions were produced against the female. They were each sentenced to seven years' penal sei^vi» tude, and five years' police surveillance. PLEADED GUILTY. William Barnes (17) ^pleaded guilty to stealing a silver watch, the property of Evan Stokes. Two months' hard labour. Emma Davies (36), servant, pleaded guilty to unlaw- fully and knowingly, by false pretences, obtaining 48 yards of print from Mary Thomas, at Abergavenny. Sentenced to one month's imprisonment. John Mason, a Inltll of colour, pleaded guilty to steal- ing a silver watch from affellow lodger at the works at Ebbw Vale. Sentenced to two months' hard labour. THEFT FRO31 A NEIGHBOUR. Maria Roper (on bail) was indicted for stealing 18s. 6d., the money of Arthur Lewis Freeman, at Llan- foist, on the 26th of March last., Prisoner pleaded not guilty. The jury returned a verdict of acquittal.


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