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FLINTSHIRE QUARTER SESSIONS

DENBIGHSHIRE INFIRMARY.

MARKET DAY AT BANfcOR.

FIGHT IN A CHAPEL.

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FIGHT IN A CHAPEL. On Saturday, at the Carnarvon County Magistrate8 Court, before Capt. J. G. W. Griffith and other magiS' trates, Henry William Thomas, a young man, seW!1' teen years of age, residing at Penylfridd, RhostryfatM charged John Jones, Tanyfoelbach, in the ravie village, with assaulting him at the Ilermon Congregs' tional chapel, Moeltryfan, on the previous SundaY. Mr J. A. Hughes appeared for the complainant, a0" Mr F. A, Evans defended.—Mr Hughes, in opening the case, said that on the night previous to the con" mittal of the assault complainant was going houllt when stones were thrown at him by some youiitf boy. When he went up to them one ran away. 118 said he thought that the party who ran away W35 '•John of Foelbach," meaning defendant, but it sub' sequently transpired that he was sorry that he h^ said anything to that effect. On the follow^ morning (^unciay, just as lie was entering to* chapel, Jones asked him why lie had accused hi^ of throwing stones at him on the previous night, added that if he continued to circulate such a repoft he would give him a blow in the face. Complainant, however, said nothing but entered the e(lifice, When on the stairs leading to the gallery defendanl pushed him, and ill a scuttle which ensued, de' fendant put the complainant's head under his arØ; pummelled him, and scratched him like a cat. until his face was covered with blood. The young men were parted by a person named Henderson, wbO was going to the gallery at the time. Subsequently both men went home, and whilst on the roJ defendant challenged complainant to fight, but the latter said that lie had too much respect, for tbe Sabbath day to do such a thing. Complainant tlif" gave evidence bearing out the statement of his solicitors.—John Henderson, in his evidence, depose to luving seen complainant and defendant "shoving each other, and he at first thought they were "larking," but when lie saw Jones taking the coin' plainant's head under his arm and pummelling it he at once parted them. Thomas's father afterward5 came upon the sceae. When he (witness) went into his pew he found the congregation much disturbed. several persons going on the stairs to see what wø) the matter.—Complainant's father stated that wild3' sitting in his pew he heard his son shouting "Oh! all over the chapel, and fearing that the lad had fallen downstairs he went to see what was tUe matter, lie then saw his son on the staircase, hi$ face bleeding profusely. The defendant was leaving the chapel at the time, the scuftie being over.— Evans, for the defence, characterised the assault as very trivial affair. Both sides were to blame. go did not for a moment justify the conduot of tl1' defendant, but thought that the complainant 'L acted improperly in using threatening lanfYuag0 towards defendant on the previous sight.—A pers'• named Hugh Roberts, defendant's stepfather, stat^ that when he heard the noise on the staircase of the chapel he went out of his pew and asked the defendant what was the matter. Jones said that Thomas had rushed at him. There were scratches Oa the defendant's face. Jones went home, and whe" the service was over witness "anointed his face witb salt water (laughter).—The Bench thought tilst the best plan would be to bind the defendant over to keep the peace for twelve months, and to pay the costs of the case, which, includingf advocate's fee, amounted to X2 Vs 6d.

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