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Stabbing Affray at Penarth.i


Stabbing Affray at Penarth. NEGRO SAILOR COMMITTED FOR TRIAL. PRISONER RECEIVES HIS SENTENCE. At Penarth Police-court on Monday a coloured seaman, named William Brown, was brought up in custody on remand charged with wounding a fellow- sailor named Joseph Johnson, on the 22nd January. The injured man was taken to the Hamadryad Hos- pital Ship immediately after th3 occurrence, and had been in an unfit state to attend and give evidence until this occasion, and no N stood in the box with his head bandaged. From his evidence it appeared that a row took place between prosecutor and two others on board the steamship Talisman, in the course of which he was called several ugly namet. Witness, who was having his supper, was threatened by Brown, who said he would throw him overboard," and the latter rushing out on deck with another sailor in 'ited wit- ness out. He went out with a table knife in his hand, and was immediately knocked down with a capstan bar, the other man, who had since gone to sea, also striking him with a belaying pin, rendering him unconscious. Witness heard a man saying when he became conscious, Brown, why did you hit the man with the capstan bar? Prisoner rejoined, Well, I don't know what I have done it for." PI isoner now said he hit Johnson because he had drawn his knife. Other evidence was given by Dr Charles Aitken, Wm. Jones, coal-trimmer, and P.S. Morris. Prisoner, in answer to the charge, made a long statement to the effect that Johnson and another mau were going to fight. The former having a knife in his possession, prisoner knocked it out of his- hand, saying he should fight with his fists. Prisoner was committed for trial at the assizes to be held at Cardiff- At the Glamorgan Assizes on Thursday, prisoner was placed upon his trial. Mr Trevor Lewis prosecuted, and said the affray took place on board the steamship Taliesin, which was lying in the Penarth Dock. There had been a quarrel amongst some of the men, which wound up with the prisoner knocking prosecutor down with a capstan bar. The prisoner, who admitted having done this. said in his defence that there had been a quarrel in the forecastle between a Frenchman and a Portugee about some money. He didn't intend to interfere, but seeing that the others were going on deck to fight and that Johnson, the prosecutor was leading the way with a knife in his hand, he (prisoner) followed, to see that there was no foul play. On getting outside, he said to prosecutor, If you are going to fight, don't use a knife." The latter went on quarrelling, however, and the prisoner, fearing he might do some damage, knocked him down with a capstan bar. He didn't mean to injure him so badly. The prosecutor, who admitted having the knife in his hand, said it was the knife he had just been eating his supper with, and he had had no intention of using it in a fight. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, but recom- mended him to mercy on account of the provocation he had received. His Lordship (to the foreman) I understand you. mean by that, that you believe he thought the prose- cutor intended to use the knife, and so knocked him down to prevent him ? The Foreman That is so sir. His Lordship, in passing sentence, pointed out that if the prosecutor had not belonged to a thick- skulled race his injuries would have caused, his death. He believed the prisoner's story, however, and taking the reccommendation of the jury into con- sideration, he would sentence him to one month's hard labour.

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