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Glamorganshire Midsummer Quarter…

Trial of Prisoners.


Trial of Prisoners. William Jenkins, aged 22, was put to the bar, charged with having, oil the lith April, stolen from Thomas Renfrey one coat and various other articles, his property. Thomas Renfrey stated that he was a carpenter, living at 5, Bridge-street, Cardiff. On thu morning of the 4th. April last he left his house about six o'clock and left the door shut. He wore on the day before the green coat that was stolen from him. The coat was left in the front room by the fire, on a chair. The coat was worth about two pounds. He had also a ham of baeon in the house. There was a silk dress belonging to his wife in the parlour. Soon after his return to breakfast he missed the articles. In consequence of certain information lie received he informed Mr. Stockdale of the circumstance. I Barney Kearney sworn I live at Cardiff, and keep a shop. I recollect T. Renfrey calling on me in April last to inquire about a coat, and other articles. The prisoner called Oil me in the evening, and wanted me to purchase a coat. He asked eight shillings for it. I refused to give so much. lie wanted to know what I would give. He then went out and returned in about ten minutes. He dtd not say whose pro- perty the coat was. I told him I would give 4s. tid. He pleaded poverty, and said the coat would not fit him. I produce the coat. I gave 4s. 6d., and prisoner did not state who it belonged to. This is the coat he brought to me. I took the coat the next morning to Renfrey's wife. Renfrey identified the coat produced, and knew it to be the coat he saw safe on Monday evening. My wife showed me the coat on Wednesday. Kearney cross-examined by prisoner: You brought the coat on Tuesday evening, between six and seven. You asked me to buy the coat. Elizabeth ltenfrey sworn I am wife to Renfrey. I re- collect the 4th of April seeing the coat produced. The bacon, shawl, and other articles, were in the house then safe. I got up between seven and eight, on Tuesday,, and missed the articles. I saw Kearney 011 Wednesday, and he gave me the coat now produced. Evan Howell sworn: I live in Bridge-street, and lodge with Renfrey. I slept there the 4th of April last. Renfrey left the house first that morning. After lie left I heard the front door open about five or six minutes after. I came down at quarter-past six a.m. I heard the door open ten minutes before. When I came down the door was lttifopeti. I left the young woman and Mrs. Renfrey in the house. When I went out I shut the door after me. Verdict— Guilty of stealing the coat." Mr. J. B. Woods, Governor of Cardiff gaol, knew the prisoner. He had been previously convicted of felony. The sentence of the court was that lie be transported for ten years. Thomas Llewellyn, aged 21, farm-servant, charged with stealing two shillings, the property of Mr, Thos. Thomas, of Wallace, near Bridgend, farmer. Mary Thomas sworn I am the wife of Thomas Thomas. The prisoner was our servant for five weeks. He left us the 7th of June. He was sent for coal five times in the five weeks. He took a waggon and four horses. He had two shillings to pay turnpike each time. It was to pay toll at the Red Hill gate, on the mail road from Bridgend to Pyle. lie went for coals, and was given two shillings. It was the 3rd of June last. He went after breakfast. He did not return me the two shillings. He came in and asked me for money and victuals to go for coals, and I then gave him two shillings to pay the turnpike. Mr. Phillpotts, attorney for the prisoner, objected to the evidence, as lie ought to be indicted for defrauding toll the gate, and not the prosecutor. The chairman overruled the objection. Rees Bowen sworn I am a farmer, residing near Llan- goed. I saw the prisoner at Laleston on the 3rd of June with a waggon and four horses. I knew they belonged to Mr. Thomas. He was on a bye road leading from Laleston to Sturmy. It was not the road the prisoner ought to have gone from Wallace to Pyle coal-works. It was a very bad road, and he would have had no gate to pass. I have seen him twice before. Mary Powell sworn: I am the wife of the toll keeper at Red Hill gate. My husband is from home, and I collect tolls. I know Thomas, of Wallace's, waggon. I also know prisoner. I was examined before the magistrates at Bridg- end on the 7th of June. The prisoner did not in previous weeks pass the toll gate. I did not receive any toll that week from prisoner. Recollect the week previous, during which the prisoner did not pass. The chairman recapitulated the evidence to the jury. Guilty.—Two calendar months in the Swansea house of correction. First and last week solitary. William Evans was charged with having, on the 16th May, stolen from Hannah Griffiths, of Swanse, a pen-knife and a piece of Indian ink. On coming down stairs on the morning in question she saw a box lying on the floor, which had been forced open, out of which the articles in question were taken. The prisoner was subsequently apprehended, when the articles were found upon him. The prosecutrix identified the articles as those of which she had previous possession. Various other articles of value were taken, but the prisoner was the only individual to whom a participation in a robbery was traceable. The prisoner did not attempt to account for the possession of the articles. Guilty.-Olle month's imprisonment with hard labour at Swansea; to be twice privately whipped. Robert Batcock was charged with having, on the 14th June, stolen at Llanrhidian, a piece of deal timber, the property of the Rev. E. K. James. The prosecutor was building a school-house, and on the day in question missed a piece of timber 23 feet long. The timber was bought out of funds raised by subscription. Bartholemew Jones, who was a labourer on the school at the period in question, deposed to the loss of the timber. He missed the piece on going to his work, which the iiight before was on the premises. As there was not sufficient identification of the timber, the jury, under the direction of the court, acquitted the prisoner. WEDNESDAY. I Before Henry Thomas Esq. The court sat this morning at ten o'clock, when the trial of the prisoners was proceeded with. JVilliam llarman was charged with having, on the 5th of June, stolen an accordian, the property of James Burwell, at the fair of Llandaff. The prisoner, it appeared, was, among many others, looking at the goods of prosecutor, which were laid out by way of a bazaar. There were a great number of persons about. On the prosecutor directing his attention to that part of the stall where the accordians were laid out, he ob- served the prisoner with one in his hand. He attempted to force his way out, when the prosecutor ran after and suc- cieded in catching him. His hat fell off, and the accordian, which was under his coat, fell to the ground. Prisoner was given in charge. Prosecutor identified the article, which was worth ten shillings, as his property. The prisoner had been observed loitering about other stalls, and warned off. Sentenced to one month in Cardiff gaol to hard labour. Last week solitary. William Williams was charged with having stolen, on the 16th May, at Swansea, a pair of cloth trousers, the property of Daniel Harris, Tire article in question, it appeared, was put out in the garden of prosecutor to dry. It was put there about twelve o'clock on the day in question, Prosecutor on going into the garden at half-past two o'clock, found it was missing. Jeremiah Vaughan, one of the Swansea police, from in- formation received, went to Mr. Frankin, pawn-broker, where the article was found. The prisoner brought the article to pawn. On examination they were found to be wet, and refused by the pawn-broker. While the parties were talking the matter over the owner of the article came into the shop, and claimed it as his property. The prisoner was given into custody. William Jones, labourer, happened to be on the road on the day in question which runs by the prosecutor's house, and saw the prisoner with a bundle under his left arm. He went in the direction of the Graig, and then he lost sight of him. Guiltv. A previous conviction having been recorded, the prisoner was sentenced to be transported for seven years. ROBBERY OF PLTE AT SWANSEA. Edward Howell pleaded guilty to having stolen from the Rev. Robert Hewson, of Swansea, a quantity of plate. Eliza Clark, Sarah Walters, Fliza Davies, and June Williams, were charged with having received the plate, well knowing it to have been stolen. Howell was asked by the chairman if he bad well con- sidered his plea, and upon replying in the affirmative, the court sentenced him to be transported for seven years. The trial of the other prisoners was then proceeded with. Marv Jackson sworn I am a servant, in the employ of the Rev. Mr. Hewson. The prisoner entered his service in August last. It was his duty to take charge of the plate be- Ion"'in"' to his master. He remained in his service until the 18th April, and then left. A little before nine in the morn- ing in consequence of his absence, I examined the plate, and found a large quantity missing. It principally consisted of silver tankards, teapot, skewers, spoons, urn, &c., of considerable value. The articles were massive, and of modern make, and several bore the crest of the Rev. -Air- Hewson. Inspector Rees, on being sworn, said that on the evening of the Hth April he received the articles from Mr. Marks, pawnbroker, in Swansea. On the following morning I re- ceived a number of articles from Moses Moses, a pawnbroker. On the same morning 1 found Eliza Clark at a house in Swansea. I forced open a drawer in the bed-room, and found 22 duplicates of the plate pawned. They were read by the two pawnbrokers. Cross-examined by Mr. Phillpotts, who appeared for the defence: Rees produced the tickets before the magistrates. He stated there that the articles received from Marks were silver. Examination of Mary Jackson resumed The plate now produced was in my master's house during the service of the prisoner Howell, who had the charge of it. I saw the prisoner twice at my master's house in company with Howell. Cross-examined: The, forks have not the mark of my master upon them, but the handles are twisted a little, and are very thin. I identified the skewers by private marks, and the well of the urn by a hole in the bottom of it, in consequence of which it was not used. The tankard I know- by the soldering on it. The coffee-pot by its want of a top. I don't know whether the other tankard bears an initial. On the occasion I saw the prisoner Clark in company with Howells. She came for him to see his brother, who was ill. I had access to the plate during the time Howell was butler. The Rev. Dr. might have put plate in his pocket, and pre- sented it to any one without my knowing. By the Court: — Mr. Hewson delivered the plate to the care of Howell, when he entered Dr. B.'s service, in my presence. Wm. Williams examined: I have been in Dr. Hewson's service, but have left him. Since Howells left him I have frequently waited at table. The witness positively identified the plate as belonging to Dr. Hewson. Mr. Phillpotts cross-examined this witness at great length, but his evidence was not shaken. Mr. Marks examined, who stated that the prisoner Clark came to his shop to pledge the teapot on the 31st October, and said it was the property of Mrs. Jones, on the Burrows, a lady in reduced circumstances. On another occasion prisoner came to the shop, accompanied by (Mark, and pledged spoons, and gave witness a similar account to what she did on the former occasion. Mr. Marks enumerated the articles which were pledged at different times, and the various sums advanced upon them, all the particulars of which have before appeared in the papers. Cross-examined It is quite usual for pawnbrokers to receive plate with crests. I should not always look at the crest or the initial. Prisoner was not respectably dressed when she brought the Jplate, She appeared in a humble capacity. Mr. Phillpotts addressed the jury on the part of the de- fence, and contended that there was no intention on the part of Howell to steal the property. If the jury was satisfied that there was no intention to Fteal, by a necessary consequence, there could be no charge of receiving such goods as stolen. Howell only meant to pawn them in order to redeem them. There was he contended 110 guilty knowledge on the part of Howell, for his intention was from the manner he disposed of them, not a felonious one. Mr. Phillpotts then proceeded to commment on the evidence of of Miss Jackson for the purpose of showing the discrepancy between her direct and cross-examination. There was, he contended, a laxity in the general tone of her examination, and t articularly in the manner in which she idontifiml certain articles of plate. This discrepancy, he contended, was fatal to the general veracity of her deposi- tions. He thought it a hardship that the depositions ou which alone he could ground his defence ilkf not contain in full the evidence in support of the indictment. The evi- dence of Williams in particular lie contended ought to be read with caution, inasmuch as.i.t vyas full two years since he had seen the p!ate, and it was but rational to suppose that a belief as to the identity of certain articles was very doubtful. He contended that there was no evidence of the possession of the articles up to a certain period by Dr. Hewson. The fact of Howell pleading guilty now could not effect the prisoner, because unless she had a guilty knowledge of the fact of theft, she could not be charged with a reception of them knowing them to have been stolen. She pawned for his benefit, and certainly received no part of the considera- tion. There was not upon the whole, he contended, that knowledge of the alleged robbery on her part to warrant the jury in finding,her guilty. Guilty. The other female prisoners. Sarah Walters, Elizabeth Davies, and Jane Williams, were put forward. The same evidence was adduced when they were seyerally found guilty, but recommended to mercy. Mr. Phillpotts moved an arrest of judgement, on the ground that the principal offender was not convicted of larceny. Ihe Chairman sentenced Eliza Clerk to be imprisoned 12 months, in tl)e house of correction in Swansea; first and last months, solitary. Sarah Walters, 6 months, Jane Williams, a months, Elizabeth Davies, 1 week. Joseph C itmlt/, charged with having stolen from David Evans, of Newcastle, a washhand-stand, was discharged by proclamation. John Mason, was also discharged by proclamation. «- NEATH, TOWN IIALL, FRIDAY, Ju-, r 23. --Before F. Fredericks, H. Gwyn, G. Llewellvn, Esqrs., and Capt. Lindsay, John Thomas, labourer, of the parish of Neath, was charged by John Thomas, carpenter, of the same place, with violently assaulting him; settled out of court. John Parry, of the parish of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, was charged by Wm. Morgan, police officer, with being drunk and riotous on the public street, on Sundav, the 18th instant fined 9s. 6d., including cost—paid.—Margaret Savours and Wm. Jones, both of the parish of Neath, were charged by John Bentley, overseer of the said parish, wih refusing to pay the poor rates ordered to pay the amount of rate with cost. Mrs. Eldrige, was charged by Mr. Bentley, for a similar offence discharged, their worship considered her too poor to pay the rate—Morgan Jacobs, of the parish of Aberavon, was charged by Catherine his wife, with threat- ening to do her some greivous bodily harm he was con- victed in the penalty of 20s., including cost—paid. MERTHYR. CYFARTIIFA. Report is afloat that 700 tons of mine less than usual are to be raised here. Pi.i MOUTH. -Several men are being discharged here weekly. Fortunately many of them will be employed during harvest tiine,leitlier here or elsewhere. THE MOON.—Just as this luminary of night changed on Sunday evening last, we were visited with a fine shower of rain. It seems there was an eclipse of the sun that day also, though invisible in Great Britain. BIBLE SOCIETY.-We perceive that the annual meeting of the Merthyr Auxiliary, is to be held at the English Wesleyan chapel on Monday evening next. The Hon. member for the borough has kindly consented to take the chair. Nlr. T. Phillips, of Hay, and E. Davies, of Brecon, will attend as deputations from the parent society. MERTHYR MARKET. —Hay 3s, to 3s. Gd., per cwt. J oat5 5s. per bushel; eggs 15 for Gd. | bacon 6d., per lb. new potatoes 21b for 2.; peas 6d., per quarter; cheese 3d. to 6d. per lb.; salt butter 8±d. fresh 9d. to lOd.; mutton old. beef 4d. to Gd.; lamb 5d. to 6d. j veal 3d. to 5d. per lb. POST OFFICE.-Not less than 1242 post office orders were given here the quarter ending fifth of April, and the number for the quarter ending the fifth of this month will be very nearly the same. Eight thousand letteis are received here weekly on all average, which is more than one thousand a day. Thus, it appears that the duties of the postmaster and his assistants have greatly increased since the pennv postage has come into operation, whilst the advantages to the public are proportionally greater, Dogs continue loose about the streets. What has become of the clapt-bow-wow policeman and his novel system 1 MERTHYR.-We understand that the new Station-house is to be built on the southern side of Market Square, and that several builders have been inspecting the plans and spe- cifications. 1 The Merthyr Tydvil Stipendiary Magistrates' Bill received j the royal assent on Tuesday last. This act empowers Her Majesty to appoint a barrister of not less than seven years standing to be a Justice of the peace, within the limits of the act; comprising the parishes of Merthyr Tydvil, Aberdare, and the Hamlets of Brithdir, in the parish of Gelljgare, and Rhijos, in the parish of Ystradyvoduck, at a salary of.CCOO per annum. The justice is required to reside within the parish of Merthyr Tydvil, and to attend within such parish three days at least, weekly, and one day in the parish of Aberdare, or Hamlet of Brithdir. The justice is empowered to appoint a clerk at a salary of £ 150 per annum. IT SOMEWHAT DOUBTFUL. — -Tli6 Derry Standard says, e have heard, 011 authority 011 which we feel disposed'to rwJ6 ro''atlce' that the Government intend to apprehend v, onn^"> alu^ have him tried for high treason, and that their object in filling the country with troops is to preserve the peace when such an occurrence piay take placet"



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