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DOUBLE MURDER AT SWANSEA.

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after going out. Leyshon arid himself were very drunk-. Did not come to their senses till the time described by last witness. He had slept .iNthe house, and did not remember anything that took place there. v ír. Pdchartls addre'sfced the jury for the defence. He endea- Toured to show that there was less crime at Merthyr with 50,000 people than at Swansea with a population of 15,000. He commented strongly on the weakness of the evidence. No noise had been heard in the house; and the wines might have easily disappeared without being touched by the prisoners. The prosecutor could not possibly know how much gin she had lost. The evidence was altogether insufficient for their conviction. John Evans of Aberdare, was called to'give character to More. He knew of nothing but honesty belonging to him. John "Williams, a workman from Merthyr Knew More, he had lodged with him for about two years, and had always found him honest. A similar testimony in favour of Leyshon and Hess by Mr. Millward. The learned judge very briefly summed up, and the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty. His lordship hoped the prisoners would take warning and abstain from such brutal I oilers ivoull wai ncL and reckless course in future. John Griffiths was indicted for feloniously cutting and assaulting Martha Jones when endeavouring to do grievous bodilv harm to his wife on the 11th of May. Ir: Benson conducted the prosecution. Martha Jones: Lives near Griffiths in Merthyr; went to the I o-,lse on the day in question. She saw prisoi e; sitting down an L jumping up to strike his wife. She caught his arm and received a severe blow herself.' She stood by his side and he was striking at his wife. He was going but and was not within reach to strike at his wife. Did not attempt to strike her afterwards. Suffered from the wound for a month. Job James, Esq: Remembers Martha Jones. It was an in- cised wound of three inches in length about an inch deep. It was some pointed instrument that inflicted the wound, but in his opinion it was not a knife. The wound was not healed for nearly a month. Mr. Richards objected to the indictment, but his lordship stated that prisoner was indicted with misdemeanour in at- tempting to commit grievous bodily harm. Mr. Richards then briefly addressed the jury for the defence. After a brief sum- xhlng up from the learned judge the jury found him guilty of au assault. He was sentenced to be imprisoned for six weeks with hard labour. His lordship then immediately directed another jury to be sworn as the jury had expressed a wish to retire, and had stated that they had no object in doing so further than to relieve themselves. Isaac Jones was charged with feloniously and burglariously entering the dwelling-house of William Powell, and assaulting him, and for stealing two sovereigns from his person on the 1st of July last at Merthyr Tydfil. Mr. Grove conducted the prosecution. '"William Powell sworn: Is a mine haulier. Lives near the Mountain Hare public-house. Remembers going home about hat't-past nine that evening. Awoke in the night: one of the children cried father, father somebody cried I am your father. Nobody lives in the house but himself and children. Went up stairs-found a man by the bedside, He said that he wanted a woman; told him there was not one there and ordered him to walk down. He bade witness walk down himself. They strug- gled, and witness dragged him down stairs. In trying to take him to the door prisoner jumped on his back and pushed, his arms towards his eyes. He said he could manage him as his si»'ht was with him. Witness fell down, and as he fell he felt prisoner's hand on his pocket trying to rob him. Called Daniel Jenkins, but Anne Williams came first and threw him off. Could see nothing as the prisoner had poked his fingers to his eyes. He had two sovereigns loose by themselves in his racket and some other money in a piece of leather. On re- covering, found the two sovereigns were gone. Cannot say what became of prisoner; was blind for a week or more. Was attended by a surgeon. His eyes are not well yet. He had zioi locked the door. Did not strike prisoner first. David Powell, aged 14, son of last witness, did not see the scuSle but he heard it. Did not go down till his father cried. Prisoner was then beating his father; he took up a pair of boots they did not belong to any one in the house.; gave them to the Tsolice; prisoner said they were not his then; was quite sure that the prisoner was the man. David Jenkins, sworn: Was alarmed on the 1st of July; went to Powell's house; prisoner was running from the house as I went; prosecutor sat down in the chair, and blood streamed from his eyes. He complained of being robbed, the money was reckoned; searched the pockets of his trousers, but found no money.. Police-constable Thomas Yigors Produced a pair of shoes. Prisoner said they were not his. Sa :ah Williams Is a widow and daughter of David Powell; was at her father's house between nine and ten o'clock on Sa- turday left then and did not return till seven o'clock on Sun- day morning. Did not know the prisoner had never con- versed with prisoner. Cross-examined by prisoner: Never promised to meet him; did not promise to meet him that night. The prisoner said that he could not help her denying. He hoped to God if he should be found guilty the Lord would forgive them for their ignorance. He was a stranger, and had no witnesses to call. Mr. Davics, surgeon, gave evidence as to the injury inflicted oil the eyes of prosecutor.. They had been considerably injured, and he did not see well with one of them now. Prisoner said, he knew nothing about the money, and that he had been ill-used by them in many particulars. He had .gone there to see for the daughter, and prosecutor struck him ,t htimes before he had Co.ia anything to him. He had merely used his hands to defenl himself. His lordship summed up, en 1 the jury found him Guilty of the assault, and Not Guilty of the felony. The learned judge ■ then sentenced him to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour f )r seven calendar months. 'William Jeremy, aged 22, butcher, was indicted for malici- ou 1y cutting, stabbing, a -d wounding William Mabe, butcher, will intent to do him some grievous bodily harm. Mr. Rich- ards conducted the proseci tlon. He opened the case by nar- rating the circumstance which led to the assault. It seemed that the prisoner had been paying his addresses to the sister of ;!) -'isecutor's wife, and in April last came to his house at d. very unreasonable hour, and broke open the door. The fol- lowing evening as prosecutor was at No. 5, Slaughter-house, "Swansea, prboier came in and asked him if he intended to -Juve a warrant against him, and was very properly answered That he wished to have nothing to do with him. Prisoner then desired two boys who were in to leave, and upon one of them (JohnWilliams) refusing he knocked him down and took up the knife and saw and struck Mabe several times until he be- came insensible. He became conscious after some time, when the prisoner was kicking him. He then escaped from the slaughter-house and ran for about twenty yards, when he fell .down' and fainted from loss of blood or exhaustion. On his coming to himself he found Jeremy kicking him on the ground. From all that he had heard the assault was most cowardly and 'unprovoked. The prisoner would be defended by his learned friend Mr. Nichol Carne, but lie was not aware what line of defence would be adopted. If his instructions were at all cor- re'ct there could be no doubt that a ferocious assault had been committed. William Mabe-sworn He detailed the circumstances men- tioned in Mr. Richards' address—that prisoner broke open the door, came to him the following evening, and asked if he had had a warrant; struck one-of the boys, who was with him in the slaughter-house* and then bolted the door. He then turned round to him, and struck him down he had nothing i;i-his hands. v As he was getting up he took hold of the saw and struck him several times. He then became insensible, and on becoming conscious he saw prisoner with the saw in his .left and the knife in his right hand. Soon he was able to make his escape, when some persons broke open the door and came in. Witness ran about twenty yards and fainted, when he awoke the prisoner was kicking him. He then weyt to the .police, and Mr. Essery dressed his wounds. He was cress-examined by Mr. Nichol Carne, with the view of-showing that the prosecutor disapproved of the match be- tween prisoner and his sister-in-law, and that they were two rival butchers. He also endeavoured to elicit from him that the prisonor wanted to make up with him on the evening in question,but to no purpose. He also endeavoured to show that the prisoner was in the habit of bringing charges against persons without any foundation. John Williams Remembered being in the slaughter-house at. the time in question. He corroborated the evidence of Mabe. He was struck down by Jeremy. Witness was se- verely cross-examined by Mr. N. Carne, who was interrupted by the learned judge once or twice, a.; his questions were irre- leyant. Wiliiam Thomas gave similar evidence in corroboration of the last two witnessed T. B. Essery, Esq., surgeon, gave evidence in regard to the wounds which the prosecutor had received. The wound was an incised one, about an inch in length and a quarter of an inch in depth. It was not very serious. Police-constable Yaughan apprehended prisoner, and pro- duced a-knife, the coat and the-shir.. These two last were sa- turated with blood. In. his opinion the cut on the shirt ap- peared more like a tear than a clear cut. Mr. Nichol Carne delivered an address on behalf of the pri- soner. He endeavoured to show that the prosecution had arisen from vindictive feelings on account of the parties being rival butchers, and that all the injury was accidentally done, or at the utmost in self-defence when insulted by the prosecu- tor. He would call witnesses to say that they would believe him on his oath. Llewelyn Davies Remembered. going with Jeremy to the slaughter-house. Mabe was there, Jeremy asked him to make it up. Mabe endeavoured to strike prisoner with the knife ,,3 prisoner in self-defence struck the saw with a stretcher, and it went against prosecutor's left arm. They then began to fight. The prisoner never had the saw in his hand. Mabe told him that the saw might have struck him accidentally, or that he might fall on it. This witness was severely cross-examined by Mr. Richards, who attempted to show that no dependence was to be placed on his evidence. Samuel Thomas sworn On the 20th of April he was in Mr. Mabe's slaughter-house. Jeremy came there and asked him to make up the dispute. The evidence of this witness was very confused and unsatisfactory, but he had not seen prisoner doing anything out of the way to Mabe. On cross-examination, he said that he was therefore before any one, that he was a rat- catcher, and had conversation with Mr. Melville at Swansea, and Mr. Phillpotts after coming to Cardiff. Edward Thomas Had seen the light. Did not see a saw or knife with either of them. Llewelyn Davies alone was there; was not one of the boys. Ca n't say he would not be- lieve prosecutor'on his oath. He was a stranger to him. Pri- soner bore p good character. In cross-examination, he admitted that John Williams did not say that Mabe had offered him a sovereign for swearing on his side. David Jones and David Williams gave prisoner a good cha- racter for being peaceable and well disposed Jones, however, was obliged to admit that he had heard of his being concerned in an assault case. His lordship summed up, and the jury, after a minute's de- liberation, found the prisoner guilty of the assault only. His lordship said the verdict was a very proper one, and in com- menting upon the evidence for the defence, declared that if it had-not been for the youth of some of the witnesses he would have committed them for perjury. Setting aside the false de- fence which had been set up, there were some mitigating cir- cumstances in the case, and he should therefore sentence the prisoner to four months' imprisonment to hard labour. Thomas Davies, 31, blacksmith, was charged with setting fire to the dwelling-house of Evan Davies, at Whitchurch, on the 11th of June last. The prisoner pleaded Guilty. Mr. Allen, who appeared for the prosecution, suggested that there were strong grounds for supposing that at the time the act was committed the prisoner was in an insane state, and that at the present time he was incapable, from the same reason, of plead- ing to the charge. Having quoted several precedents, his lord- ship allowed the prisoner's plea to be withdrawn, and the jury having been sworn to decide whether the prisoner was in a fit state of mind to be put upon his trial, Mr. James Lewis, sur- geon, was called, who said that on his certificate three or four yeais ago the prisoner was placed in a lunatic asylum, where he continued, many months, when he was released in a state of quietness, but still subject to the monomania with which he was affected. He had seen him several times since, and three or four times during the last three weeks, and he was quite sa- tisfied that he was not in a fit state of mind to understand the nature of the charge against him. The jury returned a verdict to that effect, and his lordship ordered the prisoner to be con- fined during her Majesty's pleasure. Martha Davies, 18, pleaded Guilty to a charge of obtaining by false pretences 7s. the property of William Anthony, at Langonoyd, on the loth of April last. The prisoner also pleaded Guilty to a charge of endeavouring to obtain a quan- tity of goods, with intent to defraud Thomas Thomas, also of Langonoyd.—Sentence deferred. William Daft, 21, haulier, was charged on the coroner's war- rant with the manslaughter of Thomas Humphreys, in the pa- rish of St. Pagan's, on the 4th of April, 1848. Mr. Allen, who appeared for the prosecution, said he was happy to say that in this case there were no aggravating cir- cumstances connected with it. The occurrence had arisen out of a fair stand-up fight between two men, and was no doubt the result of an unfortunate blow or fall. Under the circum- stances the prosecution would be satisfied with a nominal pu- nishment, and he thought that would also sufficiently answer the ends of justice. He hoped that the jury in giving the ver- dict would recommend the prisoner to mercy. He called Edward John, carpenter, who deposed that on the 4th of April' deceased and the prisoner with other labourers were working on a platform in the railway works near the village of St. Fa- gan's, when a dispute took place, and a fight ensued. They fought eight or ten rounds, and there were some knock-down Z, blows on both sides. After the tenth round they went into a field and resumed the fight, and about the third round after- wards the deceased fell, prisoner falling across his neck. The deceased was unable to rise, and prisoner sent for Mr. Henry Jenkins, surgeon, of this town. Deceased only lived for twenty or thirty hours afterwards. Mr. Jenkins deposed that on making a post mortem examina- tion of the body of the deceased he found a rupture of some of the smaller vessels connected with the spinal cord, which had induced contraction of the spine, and thus caused death. His lordship summed up, and the jury found the prisoner Guilty, accompanying their verdict with a strong recommenda- tion to mercy. Sentenced to one day's imprisonment, his lord- ship expressing his concurrence with the recommendatien of the jury. Daniel Davies, 27, collier, Moses Bryant, 24, labourer, and William Hill, 37, labourer, were charged, the first as principal, and the others as accessories, with the manslaughter of David Davies, on the loth of March, in the parish of Lisvane. Mr. Grove and Mr. Morgan were counsel for the prosecu- tion, and Mr. Nichol Carne defended the prisoners. The case occupied a considerable time, and from the evidence it appeared that on the morning in question, John LeAvis, gamekeeper, of Llanishen, was called up, and informed that some poachers were out in the covers. He and six others went after the poachers, and saw the three prisoners armed with guns, and a fourth who escaped. He heard several guns fired more than once, and on proceeding towards the poachers with his party, one of the prisoners called out Stand back or we will have at you." Lewis said he did not want any row, he only wanted their names. The prisoners then went some little distance further, and Daniel Davies got over a gate. Deceased and Thomas Thomas, labourer, and Thomas Thomas, grocer, followed him Lewis had hold of prisoner Bryant at the gate. Daniel Davies raised his gun, and said, if Lewis did not let Bryant go he would fire. The two Thomases, and David Davies were in the field, and had each hold of Daniel Davies' gun, which they were struggling to wrest from him, Thomas Thomas beating the prisoner's hands with a stick to make him loose his hold of it, when the gun was fired, and David Davies fell, saying he was shot, and died almost imme- diately. The prisoner Davies's coat was set on fire by the explosion. On being searched two pheasants were found on the prisoner Hill, and three on Davies. Mr. Carne for the defence contended that the gun went off accidentaLy in the struggle and urged that the fact of Davies's coat having been set on fire by the discharge of the gun was a clear proof that he could not be the principal—that he was not the man who fired the gun, and if that were the case, the whole charge fell to the ground. The jury retired for a short time, and on their return acquitted the prisoners, who were removed, there being another indictment against them. The court rose at half-past six. MONDAY, JULY 17. Directly on the learned judge taking his seat he proceeded with the case of the