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MONMOUTHSHIRE SPRING ASSIZES.

CROWN COURT.—[Before Mr. JUSTICE…

STABBING A CONSTABLE.

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STABBING A CONSTABLE. Frederick Williams. aged 22, was charged with having, on the (29th of January, at Laiiystone, stolen one pig's cheek, of the value of two shillings, the property of James Bowen and further charged with cutting and wounding John Morgan, constable, on • his way to prison, with intent to kill and murder the said John Morgan. There were five counts in the indictment. The prisoner, who was undefended, pleaded Guilty to stealing the pig's cheek, and Not Guilty to the other charges. Mr. Barrett conducted the prosecution. John Morgan sworn The prisoner was given mt,' my custody on a charge of felony. I was bringing him to Usk gaol. He was handcuffed. He came very quietly till we came near to Usk turnpike. He then said what a hilly country this is," and struck me a violent blow on the head, and put his foot behind me to throw me down. The blow nearly stunned me. We had a scuffle, and both fell down. I saw nothing in his hand when he struck me. When we were both on the ground he got uppermost. I then saw a knife in his hand, and the knife was open. He made an attempt to cut my neck. He cut me several times, and jumped upon tne with his knees. He then cut me across the face. 1 tried to defend myself, and turned over on my face, when he struck me a violent blow on the head with his fist, and got his fingers in my eye, and tried to get it under to pull my eye out. He then got his hand under my head, and drew the lqÜte across joy throat. He cut my ear through, and stabbed me in several places. He tried to get the key of the handcuffs out of my pocket. Mr. Churchill then came up on horseback, and galloped off for assistance. After Mr. Churchill was gone, he tried to cut his own throat. I prevented him, and got my hand cut in doing so. Thos. Morgan and Kit-hard Gardner Citme down, and we were taken to II 1- T "n 1,1" t,1 do anything, It happened about eleven o'clock in the morning Prisoner was quite sober and we had only one pint of beer coming from Newpori. Richard Gardner corroborated the evidence of John Morgan. Mr. Greatwood, surgeon, also gave evidence. His lordship summed up the evidence, and the jury returned a verdict of an assault with intent to disable the constable, so as, toeftèct an escape. Sentenced to fifteen years' transportation. His lordship awarded three guineas extra to Morgan, the prose- tutor. Charles Miy, aged 53, pleaded Guilty to having stolen a mare and saddle, the property of William Daniel. The prisoner, who appeared much affected by his situation, made an appeal to his lordship for mercy on the ground of extreme poverty and desti- tutiori. Sentenced to ten years' transportation. Richard Ford, aged 19, and William Long, aged 17, pleaded Guilty to having stolen, at Chepstow, two loaves of bread, of tha value of Is., the property of Sarah Hunt. To be imprisoned a fortnight in Monmouth gaol. Mathias Garland, aged 16, pleaded Guilty to having stolen, on the 6th day of January last, at Newport, nineteen silver spoons, of the value of E5, the property of the Rev. James Yorath. Re- commended to mercy by the prosecutor, on account of his youth. Three months' hard labour in the House of Correction. SHEEP STEALING AT MATHERS. George Lions, aged 39, was charged with having stolen one ewe sheep, the property of William Perkins. The prisoner was undefended, and Mr. Cook conducted the prosecution. John Hall. constable, said he saw the prisoner, on the 26th, at Chepstow. He had something on his shoulder in a wallet, and I took him into custody. I found in the wallet two hind quarters of mutton quite warm also, a knife and axe covered with grease and wool. There was some wool on one of the legs and on the skin, and it corresponded with the skin which the prosecutor found in the field. The jury returned a verdict of Guilty. The prisoner was sentenced to ten years' transportation. John Mills, charged with having stolen a saddle at Llantrissent, on the 14th of February, the property of Lewis George, was Acquitted. John Mayberry, aged 23, George IVilliams, aged 19, and Rich- ard Emery, aged 31, pleaded Guilty to having, on the loth of Nov., unlawfully entered certain inclosed lands, at Bassaleg, belonging to Sir Charles Morgan, Bart., for the purpose of destroying game. Mayberry and Emery were sentenced to three months' impri- sonment with hard labour and Williams to two months'. George Sparks, aged 58, pleaded Guilty to having, on the 21st day of August last, at Newport, stolen one watch, and several other articles, the property of Lewis Williams. He was sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour. John Cummins, aged 35, was found Guilty of having at Bas- saleg, on the 9th day of January last, stolen forty-two pounds of iron, the property of the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Com- pany, and sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour. William Prosser, aged 19, charged with having, on the 16th day of November last, at Llanweucarth, stolen one silver watch the property of John Powell, was found Guilty, and sentenced to four months' imprisonment with hard labour. It being half-past six o'clock, the court adjourned to nine o'clock to-morrow. TUESDAY. His lordship entered the court precisely at nine o'clock, and it being the intention of the court to commence with the cases of rape and bestiality, boys and females were ordered out of the court. Thomas Williams pleaded Guilty to having stolen a gown, the property of one Corneliufi Bowe Palmer, and was sentenced to three months' hard labour in the house of correction. BESTIALI 1'Y AT PORTSKEWITT. William Ilatherell, a youth only 18 years of age, was charged with bestiality, at Portskewitt. Mr. Cook prosecuted, and prisoner was defended by Mr. Hud- dlestone. The principal witness was a little boy, and his evidence being unsupported, the jury Acquitted the prisoner. ASSAULT AND VIOLATION AT TREDEGAR. David Waters, aged 32, was charged with having, on the 10th day of August last, at the parish of Bedwellty, feloniously as- saulted and violated the person of Gwenllian Davies. Mr. Cook prosecuted, and Mr. Huddlestone defended the prisoner. The trial occupied the court for two hours, when the jury ré: turned a verdict of Guilty of assault. The prisoner was sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment with hard labour in the house of correction. r MANSLAUGHTER AT NEWPORT. John Collins, aged 28, was charged with the manslaughter of John Richardson, at Newport, in December last. Mr. Huddlestone and Sir Thomas Phillips conducted the prose- cution, and the prisoner was defended by Mr. Skinner. William Hays sworn: He knew John Richardson, and was in his company until four o'clock, at the Globe, at Tydu collieries. He came there as I was going out. When I returned I heard Collins say, Is not he a bloody Irishman ? Richardson said, "Yes." Collins then struck him on the face several blows. Richardson fell on the ground. He then turned to me, and said he had put one Irishman to sleep, and he would put another. Witness was an Irishman. Collins then struck him three times, Richardson was then on the ground. Llewellin Williams sworn: I live at Newport. On passing Williams's coal yard, I saw Richardson lying on the ground. He was groaning, and I asked him what was the matter, when he said he had been beaten. I helped him up. He was not able tl stand. I took him to the side, and left him on the curb stone, not thinking there was anything serious the matter with him. I R. F. Woollett, surgeon, of Newport, attended the deceased on- the 6th of December. He was in bed, suffering from compression of the brain, and died about ten o'clock on the 7th. I attribute* his death to an effusion of blood on the brain. The prisoner was found Guilty of an assault, and was sentenced to three months' hard labour. STEALING A BALE OF DRAPERY GOODS AT ABERGAVENNY. Richard Walters, aged 38, charged with having, on the tst day of December last, at Abergavenny, feloniously stolen one bale, containing drapery goods, of the value of eight pounds, the pro- perty of William Harris Maclean. Sir Thomas Phillips prosecuted, and Mr. Skinner defended. Thomas Davies examined: Was in the employ of Mr. Troker. Received a bale of goods from Mr. Maclean of Hereford, on the 30th of November, to take to Abergavenny. I last saw it at Peri- isa-plwyd gate afterwards missed it, and went back to see for it; saw the prisoner that night he had a tram going to Hereford. Henry Harris, a shopman to Mr. Isaacs, of Abergavenny, re- ceived a shawl and gown piece from prisoner's wife, oa the 24th of January. Lent 4s. on them. Patrick Cusick, P.C., of Abergavenny, s earched prisoner's house with Mr. Maclean, on the 27th of January. Found some goods in a box, and some dresses hutig up in the roomi Prisoner said he picked them up on the tram road. The bale was halfopeu. Thought it was a hawker's pack. The jury returned a verdict of Acquittal, believing that the good* were Maclean's property, but that the prisoner found them. HOUSEBREAKING AT ABERGAVENNY. Thomas Herbert, 23, Joseph Watlcins, 18, and William James, 18, charged with having, pn the 1) th day of October last, at the parish of Abergavanny, broken and entered the dwelling-house of Ann Giles, and stolen therefrom certain moneys, the pro- perty of the said Ann Giles. This case occupied the court several hours. The three pri- soners were found Guilty. j Thomas Herbert, who had been previously convicted, was sentenced to ten years' transportation Joseph Watkins and William James to twelve months' hard litbour. The court, after the conviction of these prisoners, rose, it be. ng about eight o'clock. WEDNESDAY.. The learned judge this morning took his seat at nine o clock precisely. j ;) The first prisoner arraigned wai Thomas Havard, cnarged with bigamy, having in the neighborhoods of Llanelly, Bre- conshire, and Merthyr Tydvil, married one Marg iret Rossite?, while his former wife, Anne Hiivard, was alive. Mr. Riekards conducted the prosecution. The prisoner pleaded Guilty, and was sentenced to three, months' liard laboui- ii Margaret Rossiter was next charged with having marriedtfe above Thomas Havard, while her former husband, W iluain Rossiter, was alive. She pleaded Not Guilty. Mr. Rickards prosecuted. • « t p Walter William Charles produced a copy of a certificate of prisoner's first marriage, being obtained of Mr. Jain^s, super- intendent registrar, at Merthyr Tidvil. I know W lljiam Ros- siter, prisoner's first husband. I saw him before the in.tgi^ trates. He is at present in court.. T David Lewis: I am registrar of marriages at Merthy 1} ij I recollect marrying William Rorfsiterto prisoner, on of 184G. I Evan Davies: I am superintendent of police at Iredegar. 1 obtained a certificate of the marriage of the prisoner. I com- pared it with the entry in the register book, at Llanelly, Bre- conshire, in March 27th, 1848. It stated that the marriage had been solemnised between Thomas Havard and Margaret Ro- berts, widow, of Clydach. She was living with prisoner Havard when I apprehended her. Henry Williams I am parish clerk of Llanelly. I recollect prisoner and Havard being married at Llanelly. She was found Guilty, and sentenced to three months' hard labour.. Joseph Weaver alias Hattwood, aged 45, stood charged with having, at the parish of Rockfield, stolen a pair of stockings, the property of John Hogg. Mr, Rickards prosecuted. The prisoner was found Guilty, and sentenced to two months' hard labour. STEALING BOOTS AT NEWPORT. Josiah Williams, a lad about 17, was charged with having stolen a pair of boots from Mr. Isaac Oldridge's shop. The prisoner was found Guilty, and sentenced to twelve months' hard labour. STEALING BOOTS AT NEWPORT. Will'am Davies and John Davies were next charged with having stolen a quantity of boots belonging to Mr. Isaac Old- ridge, Newport. Mr. Vaughan prosecuted. The prisoners appeared to be shoemakers by trade. These two prisoners in committing the above crime had been acting in conjunction with the foregoing prisoner. John Davies was Acquitted but William Davies was found Guilty, and sentenced to twelve months' hard labour. John Colli)ts.-The learned judge this morning said that on a re-consideration of the case of this prisoner, who was yesterday tried and sentenced to three months' hard labour for the man- slaughter of John Richardson, at Newport, that he would miti- his punishment from three to one month's hard labour. John Stevens, a beer-house keeper in Castle-street, Newport, had been indicted, it appeared, by some of the authorities of Newport, "for keeping a house of a certain description." It was a case of traverse. Mr. Cook for defendant, and Mr. Skinner for the prosecution. Stephens seemed to have been bailed by Mr. George Street, and Mr. Henry Gregory, to appear at these assizes. The de- fendant was called to answer his name on pain of forfeiting his recognizance, but did not appear. Messrs. Street and Gregory were in the same manner respec- tively called, but neither made his appearance. Mr. Cook, when the court was about rising, put in some affi- davits, the contents nor results of which, owing to the rushing noise of the people, could we learn. MONDAY. NISI PRItTS COURT.—[Before Mr. BARON PLATT ] The learned judge entered the court at ten o'clock. The first case heard was Williams v. James. Mr. Grey opened the pleadings. Mr. Whateley briefly stated the facts of the case to the jury, from which it appeared the plaintiffs were bankers residing at Newport, and that the cause of action was a bill of exchange which plaintiff had received of defendant, for one month, on the 5th of April last, drawn by Messrs. T. G. Phillpotts and John Phillpjtts, solici- tors, of Newport, and duly endorsed and cashed at the bank of plaintiff. The acceptance when due was dishonoured, and Messrs. Phillpotts paid by cheque the amount claimed( £ 26 Is, 4d.) to the plaintiffs, at their bank. It was contended in the defence that the acceptance having been satisfied at the bank, that the bona fide plaintiffs were the Messrs. Phillpotts. Witnesses were called to identify the signature of the defendant to the acceptance, and several letters written both by himself and wife, who, it was proved, conducted her husband's business in his absence. Mr. Sergeant Talfourd contended that the Messrs. Williams could not sue as the trustees of the Messrs. Phillpotts, and called Mr. Bot- tomly to prove that Messrs. Phillpotts had cancelled the cause of action in respect of the present plaintiff, by payment of the amount of 1:26 Is. 4d. in satisfaction of the debt to the alleged plaintiffs. This point being reserved, a verdict was given for plaintiff of £ 26 17s. Od., debt and interest for nine months. Dyke § Co. v. Brewer and Tiddy. Plaintiffs are merchants of coal, lime, slate, bricks, &c., at Mon- mouth, and defendants are railway contractors on the Hereford and Monmouth line. This action was brought to recover £ 78 for goods, consisting of bricks, lime, and tiles, sold and delivered to defendants to construct the Troy House tunnel. v Mr. Whateley, Q.C., and Mr. Cook, for plaintiffs, and Mr. Keat- ing, Q.C., for defendants. The chief question in this trial was, whether Tiddy, as well as Brewer, was responsible for this sum of money. Mr. Becker, civil engineer, and a brotlier.in-law to Brewer, was at great length examined, with a view to prove that Tiddy was partner with Brewer in the work at the time the debt was con- tracted. He had been given to understand there was a written agreement between Tiddy and Brewer of the partnership. Mr. Keating here insisted that this document should be produced, and after a sharp discussion, Mr. Whateley submitted that the evidence of the witness should be taken by the jury as a proof of the existence of such an agreement. It was, however, at last eli- cited that no partnership existed between Brewer and Tiddy till after a large portion of the goods in question had been delivered. It appeared that Brewer was not now in such circumstances as to be able to pay this demand, while Tiddy was. Verdict for defendant, the jury not being able to place sufficient confidence in the evidence of the witness Becker. Welshman v. Sturges. This was an action brought by the administrator of the deceased Joseph Welshman, a butcher, at Newport, who had died intestate, to recover a sum of money which it was alleged Jane Sturges had received for goods, which, belonging to the late Joseph Welshman, or at leatt to his heirs-at-law, she had unlawfully sold. Mr. Whateley, Q C., for plaintiff, and Mr. Keating for defen- dant. Mr. M'Mahon opened the pleadings. It appeared that Joseph Welshman had, some years ago, de- serted his wife, and was living till his death with this Jane Sturges. Geo. Gething deposed I am a merchant at Newport. I knew Joseph Welshman. He died last May. A little before his death I had an account with him of £ 34. I settled it with him on the 28th of April. I gave him a cheque for that amount. I have the account here receipted by him. David Welshman, a brother to the deceased, who is a farmer, living in Llanarth parish, stated that after his brother's death he went to the bank, received the amount of the cheque, and paid it to Sturges. Wm. Baker, of Longstone, stated that he purchased a horse of defendant, after the death of Joseph Welshman, and paid her for it £20. Wm. Conley, a licensed victualler, at Newport, deposed that after Joseph Welshman's death he sold a cow for defendant, for which she received the money, £9 10s. Thos. Conley, a grocer, at Newport, deposed to having had similar transactions with the defendant. Verdict for plaintiff of £119 lis. 2d. This terminated the cause list. His Ilordship then proceeded to THE TRIAL OF PRISONERS. HOUSEBltEAKING AT BASSALEG. George Durbin, John Jones, and JOh: Thomas were charged with having, on the 14th of January last, at Newport, stolen a flitch of bacon, a ham, a pair of bootie, two pairs of stockings, two pounds of sugar, and a luaf of bread, the property of Thomas Jones. Mr. Skinner and Mr. Vaughau prosecuted. Prisoners were un- defended. After several witnesses had been examined, P. C, G. Long deposed that prisoner Durbin, one day when he was lighting fire in his cell, confessed to him that he and the other prisoners had stolen the above goods, and detailed the cir- cuiustances under which they stole them. Lawrence Rian, lodging-house keeper, at Newport, said, the prisoner Durbin offered me some bacon for sale. I was once in gaol for two months. I cannot tell for what; I know for what I was committed, but I WM not guilty (laughter). The learned judge having summed up, the jury, after a short consultation, returned a verdict of Guilty against the three prisoners, George Durbin and John Jones had been previously convicted Of John Thomas was a stranger to Newport. Seiiience 'George Durbin and John Jones ten years' transpor- tation and John Thomas, twelve months' hard labour.

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