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A SCENE OF VIOLENCE AT PONTYPRIDD. BRUTAL CONDUCT OF A WOMAN. DASTARDLY ATTACH "UPON A FRIEND. Emily Bates, Pontypridd, a young woman who kaa previously appeared before the Court, was hrougfit up before the Stipendiary (Mr Ignatius Williams), Dr R. C. Hunter, and Mr P. Gowan, at the Pontypridd Police Court on Wednesday charged with wounding Elizabeth George, Tra- llwn, Oil the 21st inst. Prosecutrix, who ap- peared to give her evidence reluctantly, said that on the previous night, the. prisoner stayed with her. On Sunday night they went for a walk together, and when near the Common Lodg- ing House, Coedpenmaen, they met two young men. They went with them to the old foundry and assisted to drink the two bottles of whisky which the men had in their possession. After the men left, the girls had a quarrel, and wit- ness struck Bates, who struck her back. George then received a blow with something, and she bled profusely from her head. Patrick Reardon, haulier, said he saw the prisoner and prosecutrix on the tip by the lodg- ing house. Hliey were quarrelling, and George "sboved" Bates. Martha Deere was present, and asked George why she pushed Bates, and wan- ted to know if she wanted to make a row.George replied "Yes." She wanted to fight the three of them, and she again gave Bates a push. The latter then said, "I'll cut your eye out." at the same time striking George on the head with a whisky bottle, which she smashed against, a wall after. Bates then picked up a piece of iron shute, with which she struck George. The prisoner afterwards took a bottle from a man, who was standing near, and again hit George with it, the bottle breaking into pieces by the blow. George fell from the effects of the blow, and Bates fell upon her, anil started striking her with the pieces of glass which she held in ker hand. William Evans, engine-driver, said he saw the prisoner mtrike George on the side of her hea<f with a piece of shute. The men who were pre- sent ran away. George was also struck with a bottle, which bro'ke, but prisoner retained the neck in her hand, which she "jabbed" into George's head, from which blood was streaming. Dr Edward Evans, assistant to Dr Hunter, described the wounds ,and added that there were several scratches on the same side of the face, from whieh prosecutrix was suffering. Her head had been properly bandaged before he saw her. Mr Porcher (magistrates' clerk): Could-such injuries be caused by a blow fnom a bottle or a piece of shute? Witness: Yes. The Stipendiary: I suppose that if those wounds had not been attended to the woman would have bled to death. Witness: The wounds would have bled very freely. The Stipendiary: It had been treated before you got there? Superintendent Cole: Yes, sir, by Police-ser- geant Evans, who is an ambulance man. The Stipendiary: ffere is an instance which shows the advantage of it. He may have pos- sibly saved this woman's life. We don't know. P.S. Evans stated that he was called to Foun- dry place, where he saw Elizabeth George held up by two other women. Blood was spouting from the wounds in her head. He immediately sent for a doctor, and in the meantime he ban- daged her and stopped the flow of blood until the doctor arrived. When he arrested the prisoner, she quarrelled with two other women, who were in the house, and to whom she wid, "I have done it, and it's yoilr mouth that has given me away." Prisoner then became very abusive, and it was with great difficulty that he and P.C. Nicholas conveyed her to the police station. She behaved like a madwoman. When charged at the police station Bates said, "She (George) has not charged me with wounding her yet." Asked if she had anything to say, prisener now said, "She (George) says herself she does not want to press the charge against me." The Stipendiary: She was very unwilling to give her evidence, but that doesn't much matter, I am afraid. Have you anything else to say? Prisoner: No, sir. The Stipendiary: Then you are committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions. Prisoner was further charged with assaulting the police and with wilfully damaging the win- dows of the police cells. P.C. Nicholls stated that when he and P.S. Evans were taking the prisoner into custody she wao very drunk and refused to walk. She threw herself on the ground, where she struggled and kicked. The 'officers carried her some distance, when she said she would go quietly if they would loose their hold. They did so, but Bates rushed at witness and struck him twice in the face and kicked him on the leg. Sergeant Evans was also kicked. Inspector Evans said that at 8.30 on Sunday night he visited prisoner in her cell in the police station, and found her standing on the seat breaking the window panes with her fist, around which she had wrapped her apron. Her hand was cut very badly, and she had altogether smashed 20 panes, the value of which was 10s. For the assault prisoner was sent to prison for 14 days, and for tie damage to the windows she was fined 15 or ten days.



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