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MONDAY, MAltCH 5.

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and found the articles in question. He charged James Rudd with the robbery, but he said tint he had purchased the property at a sale. Witness and the other officer carted away the whole of the property found.—The officer here produced a considerable number of shirts, shawls, dresses, some poplin, cheeses, and other goods' which the witness Mary Jones identified as the property of her master. John Sampson having again proved that he let the apartments to James Rudd, but that the other prisoners passed backwards and forwards to the passage. Mr. NiCholl Carne addressed the jury, contending that there was not t it slightest evidence against Lewis and Philip Rudd, more than against Nathaniel, as it had been proved that James lludd was the m ister of the premises; and would the jury con- vict because a man happened to lodge in a furnished apartment in which some stolen goods had been found ? His lordship having summed up the evidence, the jury, without leaving the box, returned a verdict of Guilty against James ltudd, and acquitted the other prisoners. His lorship sentenced James Rudd to twenty years' transporta- tion, and Philip Rudd and Edward Lewis to seven years' trans- portation. The prisoner Nathaniel Rudd was discharged. Attorney for prosecution, Mr. T. Evans; for prisoners, Mr. Bird. STABBING AT BRITON FERBY. Robert Williams, 19, Henry Will ams, 21, a id Francis Phillips, 18, were indicted for having, at Briton-ferry, feloniously assaulted and maliciously stabbed and wounded William Steward. Mr. Grove and Mr. T. Allen conducted the prosecution at- torney, M r. Coke. Counsel for prisoners, Mr. Benson attorney, Mr. Tripp. Mr. Wm. Steward, who was examined by Mr. Allen, said that on Saturday night, December 11, he was going home from the Jersey Arms. Between that house and his own he met a young man, dresssed in white trowsers, dark jacket, and a cap. It was about eleven o'clock, and a fine moonlight night. This person came up and struck me. A scuffle ensued, when I knocked him down. He got up and took up a stone from the coping of the wall. I ran to prevent him striking me, when he ran away. He lost his cap, which I picked up, and gave it to Mrs. Evans, land- lady of the Jersey Arms, Briton-ferry. I returned home, and was about going to bed. In three or four minutes after going to my bedroom I heard violent knocking at the door. On hearing it I ran down stairs and observed three young men standing at the door. One spoke to me, and he was dressed in the same way as the one who first struck me, and had no cap. He said he wanted the cap I had stolen. Said I had stolen no cap, but that if he went to the Jersey Arms he might get it. He took hold of me by the shoulder. At this time I was standing inside the door. One of the others, who was taller, then came up and as- sisted to pull me out. I called my dog Twig." A scuffle ensued. It resulted in my being dangerously hurt in the thigh. I called out, Twig, give over," thinking the dog might have bit me by mistake. Both then ran off, and I sent the dog after them. The dog leaped up towards the boy's face, and he made several plunges with his hand at the dog. The dog did not fasten on him. I returned to the house, and found my shoes and stockings filled with blood, from a severe wound in the thigh. I sent for a doctor. The dog soon came to the kitchen, and blood profusely flowed from him. I observed some cuts on various parts of his body. The dog died next day from the effects of the wound. I did not know the three parties who came to the place. Cross-examined by Mr. Benson This dog was a bull-dog. He was not savage. I had been at the Jersey Arms had drank a little. I had another small dog at the time. Neither of these boys complained that the dog had bitten him. Do not know why the young man assaulted me. It was a wilful act. I was sober on the night in question. Am not in the habit of getting drunk on Saturday nights. There was no young woman with the prisoners that I saw. Mr. James French, surgeon, Neath, examined, said that he ex- amined the prosecutor soon after the occurrence. There was an incised wound on the thigh, about two inches long, and two others in tl e vicinity. They most have been inflicted by some sharp cutting instrument. The wounds were inflicted on dangerous parts of the person. I examined the dog's skin, and am of opinion that a similar instrument had been used in cutting the dog. Nothing of importance came out in cross-examination, excepting that prose- cutor was confined to his bed for nine days. Mr. Benson then addressed the jury on the part of the prisoners, ridiculing the importance which had been attached to the case, and contended that if a knife had been used, it was for the purpose of defence against the attacks of the dog, but that it might have struck Steward by mistake. He called Messrs. Thomas Timothy, landlord of the Harp, and Davenport, of the Vernon Arms, who Lure testimony to the prisoners' good character. The learned judge having summed up the evidence, the jury, after a short absence, returned a verdict of Guilty of a common assault against Robert Williams. Henry Williams and Phillips were acquitted. His lordship, in passing sentence on Robert Williams, said that the jury had found him guilty of a common assault—a verdict which he (the learned judge) could not help regretting, as he cer- tainly thought that the circumstances under which the assault was committed did not justify such a verdict. However, the verdict was theirs, and as they had pronounced it to be only a common assault, he felt bound to pass the heaviest sentence attached to such an offence. Sentence, two years' imprisonment with hard labour. The Court roe at seven o'clock. SATURDAY, MARCH 3. This morning the learned judge took his seat on the bench at nine o'clock. PRISON" BREACH AND UOBB'RY AT CARDIFF. David Evans was charged with prison breach, he having broken out of Card.ff Gaol, being at the time (with oae John Peterson) confined therein on the charge of having assaulted one Thornton Bennett, and robbed him of £ 1 14s. 5. The prisoner said he wished to plead guilty to the charge of prison breach, but not to the robbery. Mr. Nicholl Carne prosecuted. William Hume, turnkey in the Cardiff Gaol was examined, and detailed the circumstances under which the prisoner broke out, which have been recorded on a previous occasion in the PRINCIPA- JXfY. It appeared that he and another person, name Harry (who yesterday was transported on a charge of rape), by some means removed or bent an iron bar in the prison infirmary, so as to open an aperture sufficiently large to admit of a man's body being forced through. Having succeeded in getting outside of the cell, they made a rope of blanks, by means of which they ascended the wall and jumped down into the grounds about the prison, and es- caped Hs lords'.ip having summed up, the jury found the prisoner Guilty of prison breach. Sentenced to six months' hard labour. FELONIOUS SHOOTING NEAll B IDCiEND. Daniel Dae id, J6, and Thomas Richard, 27, were arraigned upon an ind ctment charging them with having maliciously fired and discharged a gun at one Evan Gibbon, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. Richards was charged with unlawfully a-ding and abetting David. Mr. Ben-on and Mr. T. Allen conducted the prosecution; at. torney, Mr. Edmonds. Mr. Nicholl Carne appeared for the pri- soner David, and itir. Grove for Richards; attorney, Mr. Rhys, Cuwbndge. Mr. Benson, in opening the case on the part of the prosecution, said that the prosecutor was a farmer possessed of some property, re.,iing at Langan, about four miles from Bridgend. On Satur- day, Nov. 4, he was on his road home from town. Cated at a pt.biie hou-e kept by a person named Bo wen, where he met the two prisoners, who are brothers-in-law. Having remained in that house for an hour, he proceeded oil his way homewards. He called at another public house, named the Star, on the road. Soon after he had left the last-named house, he heard some footsteps a con siderable way behind him, and on turning round saw both pri- soners. Before he Had proceeded three steps further, Daniel David, in whose hand Gibbon had previously observed a gun, fired at nim. The shot took effect in the back part of the head, but in consequence of the distance, the injury sustained was slight, but the jury would have to inquire into the intent actuating the prisoners (if they were guilty) at the time they committed the felony. He thought it right to tell them that the prosecutor was frequently intoxicated. The learned counsel then called several parties who substanti- ated the statement he made. Mr. Nicholl Carne and Mr. Grove severally addressed the jury, on behalf of the pri-oner, after which The learned judge recapitulated the evidence bearing on the question, remarking that there were a great many gaps in the evi- dence on the part of the prosecutioa. He did not approve of the pi-i,et cc of presenting meagre facts, leaving the jury to form their own conclusions as well as they clluld as to the rest. After a brief consultation the jury returned a verdct of Not Guilty. Matthew Jlowrigan, convicted of assaulting John Moiris, at Aberavon (in consideration of having been seven moitus in gaol), was sentenced to iouf.een days' imprisonment with hard labout. BIGAMY. John WeriUke, convicted of bigamy, and whose rial appeared in our last number, was sentenced to four months impiisonment with hard labour. M.-irj-urol Ev.i.is, 15, who pleaded to the cdarg; of invrng obtained some goods from the shop of David Williams, at Mer- thyr, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour. This concluded the criminal portion of the business of the assizes.