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CARMARTHENSHIRE ASSIZES. The commission for holding these assizes was opened on Saturday evening last at Carmarthen. Next day (Sunday) the learned judge proceeded to St. Peter's church in the car- riage of the high sheriff, Walter Rice Howell Powell, Esq. His lordship was attended by the mayor, the recorder, the members of the town council, and a large number of gentry and tradesmen. The assize sermon was preached by the Venerable Archdeacon Beavan. MONDAY The learned judge entered the Town-hall this morning at -eleven o'clock. The following gentlemen were sworn on the GRAND JURY. Sir John Mansel, Bart., foreman. E. P. Lloyd, Esq. J. G. Phillips, Esq. W. G. Hughes, Esq. W. Morris, Esq. R. G. Thomas, Esq. W. P. Lewis, Esq. G. Phillips, Esq. D. Davies, Esq. J. L. Price, Esq. R. J. Neville, Esq. W. B. Gwyne, Esq. J. M. Child, Esq. D. Prytherch, Esq. H. Lawrence, Esq. J. W. G. Hughes, Esq. I W. B. Swann, Esq. J. T. Beynon, Esq. C. Morgan jun., Esq. I W. de Buisson, Esq. J. T. Alcock, Esq. J. Walters, Esq. D. Protlieroe, Esq. BOilOUOH GRAND JURY. Mr. George Bagnall, foreman. Mr. R. Brodie, „ G. Childrens, „ T. David, L. Evans, G. Goode, J. Hegginbottom, H. Howell, „ J. Jones, I „ G. Jones, „ J. Lewis, „ D. L. Mortimer, Mr. D. Nicholl, „ W. N. R,ees, „ F. B. Ribbans, G. ShanklanJ, W. Spurrell, J. Thomas, J. Timmins, E. B. Warren, M. Wayne, „ J. J. Stacey. After the officer of the court had read the usual proclama- tion againut vice, profaueness, and immorality, the learned judge proceeded to charge the grand jury for the-county, observing that according to the information which he had received there were five matters which would come before them for investigation—two of simple larceny, two cases of burglary, and one in which the accused was charged with maliciously injuring machinery. He then explained the law in each with a view of aiding the jury in their deliberations. To the grand jury for the borough his lordship remarked, that they would be called upon to inquire into two cases only—one being a case of simple larceny, and the other was a charge of a very aggravated description, against a party employed in the Post-office, who was indicted for stealing letters, or rather the property contained in letters, passing through the office. He directed the attention of the grand jury to recent change in the law which authorised the in- serting of counts in the same indictment both for stealing And receiving, and so enabled juries to convict of the offence which, in their opinion, the evidence made out. In his opi- nion this change iu the law was a very salutary one, us it prevented parties escaping through technical errors in the indictment, when the offence was proved satisfactorily. With respect to the aggravated case of stealing property contained in letters, it did not appear to his lordship to present any difficulties. The grand jury then retired, and soon found six or seven bills against Ann Matthews, for stealing property from let- ters passing through the Carmarthen Post-office. The whole of the bills in the calendar were found in the course of the day, and both the county and borough juries were discharged. No bill was presented against John Robinson, 38, sailor, No. 1 in the calendar, charged with stealing rope from a vessel at Llanelly, in consequence of the absence of Cle- ments Brown, the prosecutor. Elizabeth Smith, an elderly woman, was indicted for stealing an iron axletree, the property of Jonathan Morse, of Pembrey. Mr. Lloyd Hall conducted the prosecution. It appears that the prosecutor, who is a farmer, living at Peneoed, near Pembrey, was occasionally employed in carrying sand to the copper works of Messrs. Sims, Neville, & Co. Oil one occasion, the axletree of his cart broke he left it near the house of the prisoner, and when he went in search of it, he found it missing. Daniel O'Sliocn, a marine-store dealer, stated that he purchased it of the prisoner for one shilling, and took it away in his donkey cart by night. Tile prisoner, in. her defence, denied having stolen the axle- fc.ree, but that it,must have been carried away by Dan. O'Sheen. h ,ie'then called t wo women, who swore that the evidence of O Sheen was false. His lordship, in summing up, remarked that the part taken by O'Sheen iu this transaction was far from being creditable. A person buying an article of this description from a cuttager, and fetching it away at night, must have known that it conkl not have been honestly got by. The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty. THE POST-OFFICE ROBBERIES. Ann Matthews, daughter of the post mastersof Carmarthen, was then placed at the bar, and pleaded" Not Guilty," to several indictments, charging her with stealing letters con- taining money. Iii the first indictment she was charged with having stolen a letter containing two sovereigns, addressed to Rice Bey- non, Esq., Rev. C. C. Wakely, Luton, Leominster." In another indictment the prisoner was charged with stealing a letter, containing one brooch and one ring, addressed Mrs. Colby, Fynonau, Newcastle-Emlyn." In another indictmcnt she was charged with having stolen a letter addressed to John Owen, Esq., Mertou College, Oxford," containing a box, a ring, and money. In another indictment she was charged with stealing a letter addressed Mrs. Anne Grif- fiths, Sheep-street, Narberth," containing one sovereign. In another indictment she was charged with having solell a letter addressed to Messrs. Mansei and Co., Bucklersbtuy, Loiidoa," containing one sovereign. In another itiuic incut with stealing a letter addressed Mrs. Mary Davies, East View, Pembrokeshire," containing money. Mr. Evans, Q.C., and Mr. Lloyd Hall defended the pri- soner. The first indictment proceeded with was that charg- ing the prisoner with stealing two sovereigns from a letter addressed Rice Beynon, Esq., Rev. C. C. Walkey, Luton, Leominster." Mr. Chilton, Q.C., in addressing the jury, remarked that he had a duty of an exceedingly painful character to per- form in conducting the present prosecution. It was un- necessary that he should offer any observations to the jury upon the great, indeed, the absolute importance to the hap- piness and well-being of this country, that everything en- trusted to the post-oiffce should be held sacred, and that all persons employed in connexion with it should be individuals in whom implicit confidence could be placed. The case in question was a peculiarly painful case, because the prisoner was the daughter of the postmaster at Carmarthen, and who had filled that situation for upwards of 30 years without the slightest imputation: on his character. The prisoner had for twelve years held the appointment of assistant inutile post- office at a salary of X40 a year. The learned counsel detailed the circumstances which led to the inquiry and subsequent con- viction of the prisoner, the particulars of which have already appeared in the PRINCIPALITY. He then examined J. T. J Beynon, Esq., of Trewern: Mrs. and Master Beynon; Mr. Bcynon's post-boy; Mr. James Williams, of the Narberth Post-office; Mr. Ramsey, inspector-general of the Post- office; Miss Sarah Matthews, sister of the prisoner, whose evidence was, almost word for word, the same as that given when the prisoner was committed. Mr. Evans, Q.C., cross-examined the several witnesses, but nothing of importance transpired. He then addressed the jury on behalf of the prisoner, and put forth a plea of insa- nity. After an able address, he called several witnesses, who deposed to a good deal of eccentricity in the prisoner's con- duct since her childhood. His lordship summed up very minutely, and tile. jury re- tired. In the course of two hours the jury returned a verdict of "GUILTY, with a recommendatiolCto mercy. The prisoner was ordered to be brought up next morning. "TUESDAY. Ann Matthews was this morning placed at the bar. She appeared more deperssed than on the previous day. His lordship, in passing sentence, said that the jury had recommended her to mercy, and he was willing to give it effect so far as his duty to the rest of the community would allow. She was sentenced to TEN YEARS' TRANSPORTATION. Mr. J. B. Jeffreys acted for Mr. Peacock, solicitor to the post-office; and Mr. Parry was the prisoner's attorney. Henry Jones and William Harris, labourers, were charged with having stolen, at Llangadock, various articles, he pro- perty of Thomas Pugh, and Acquitted. James Stubbs, charged with having, on the 18th of December, cut and broken a certain engine prepared for the South Wales Iron Works, at Llanelly, in the manufacture of iron tools and machinery, was Acquitted. Mary Nicholas, charged with burglariously entering the dwelling-house of Ellen Jeat, in the parish of Bettws, was Acquitted. Edwin Bowser, John Lewis, John Evans, and Thomas Jones, charged with having, on the 16th of September last, in the parish of Pembrey, feloniously removed some tramplates from a tramroad, the property of the Bury Port Company, were Acquitted. John Robinson, charged with stealing nine pieces of rope from a vessel at Llanelly, was discharged 01) hlil until tliec i-iext assizes. John Jones and Thomas Rees, charged with having, on the 17th of Feb. last, stolen one silver spoon, the property of one Jeremiah Olive, of the Gulden Lion, in the town of Carmarthen, were found Guilty, and sentenced to six weeks' hard labour. There was only one nisi prills case, and that an unimportant one. This closed the business of the assizes. His lordship left Carmarthen on Thursday morning for Brecon.




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