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. The New " Whiteleys." I

Llanrwst Board of Guardians.

..---Lady Assistant's Success.


-------Abergele Police Court.…


Abergele Police Court. REMARKABLE LLANFAIR TALHAIARN j' POLICE CASE. Sir J. Herbert Robert: Hart., LP., pre- sided at the Abergele Police Court on Satur- day. The following Justices were also pre- sent:—Dr. Peter Jones, Messrs. Edward Williams, J. Duncan Miller and W. W. Hunibley; together with the Clerk (Mr. E. A. Crabbe) and Superintendent T. Beresford. Thomas Henry Owen Jones applied for the transfer of the off wine licence of the Canol- dre, Abergele, 10 Frederick- James Boardman, and the same was granted. DID NOT WANT HIS CHILDREN EDUCATED. School Attendance Officer Edward Bithell summoned Robert Hughes, oi Tai Farm, near Llangerniew, farmer, for not sending his children to school. The Officer stated that the defendant (who was not present) had told him that he was not educated him- self and he did not want his children edu- cated. (Laughter.) A fine of 20s. and costs was imposed. Walter Davies, 5, Rhudd!an-road, Aber- gele, bricklayer, was also summoned for a similar offence. Mrs. Davies (wife of the defendant) was present, and said she did not keep the children home only in case of death or sickness A fine of 7s. Cd. and costs was imposed. TRESPASSING FOR GAME. Robert Foulkes, Llawr Pentre Colwyn, labourer, was summoned for trespassing in pursuit of conies on October 18th, on the ground cf Ty Isa' (,ell, Bettws, Abergele, belonging to Griffith Owen. Mr. J. D. II. Osborn (Messrs. Porter, Amphlett and Co.) appeared to prosecute. Wm. Jones, iTy'nllyn, Abergele, game- keeper, stated that on his usual rounds 0:1 October iSth he saw four men ferretting on the land at Ty Isa', Cell, and he asked one of them named John Jones, who had a permit to catch rabbits, why he had such a crew with him. Jones replied he had only one of them as his mate, who was the de- fendant. Witness asked Foulkes for his per- mit, but he replied he had none, that he was only assisting John Jones. Defendant said he was ignorant of the law on the matter, and did not think he was do- ing wrong when he went to help John Jones. The Chairman 'said a breach of the law .had been made, and i fine of 2s. 6d would be made, but the costs would be remitted, owing to there being an evident misunder- standing upon the matter on the part of the defendant. The Justices were anxious I that the defendant and others 'should get to know the law on the point. John Conlin, Tai, Abergele, who did not piit in an appearance, was charged with trespassing on the isa-nic day in the same place. The keeper reported rtihat this person had given a wrong address in the first instance. The Bench fined him ios. and costs, to include an advocate's tee. ALLEGED ASSAULT ON THE POLICE. A LLANFAIR TALHAIARN CASE DISMISSED. Police Constable Richard Thomas Wil- liams, stationed at Llanfair Talhaiarn, charg- ed Evan Evans, of Rhydyrarian, Llansan- nan, fal rn labourer, with assauhing him on October 17th at New Quay, near Llanfair Talhaiarn The defendant Evans had also issued a summons against the constable for assault on the same occasion. Mr. J. D. n. Osbcr; appeared :or the constable, and Mr. Joseph Lloyd, of Rhvl, I defended Evans. Mi. Osborn stated that on the night of the offence the constable entered the boot shop in New Ouay, and there was a gang ot unruly young rr.cn using bad language outside whilst he was inside. The defend- ant and Cuvilym Vaughan were amongst the crowd, and were Hying to irritate the con- stable. The constable spoke to the de- endant and a.,1-4ed him to move on. He replied he was going into the shop, and the constable told him to go in. Defendant replied that he bad no light to move him, and that he would get the constable strip- ped, amd that he would lose his situation. The defendant hen dropped the con- stable and broke- his (defendant s) stick and struck the constable right over the eye with his fist, and hit him again with a part of the stick. In consequence of the injuries he had received, the constable was under the care of a doctor for five days, and was off duty for two days It was a verv serious case, when such persons as the defendant were anxious to score off the constable. He hoped the Bench would inflict a severe penalty. 1 he constable gave evidence in corrobora- tion of his advocate's statement. By Mr. Lloyd He admitted that tthe de- fendant had told him that he would not go into the shop ,at his orders. He had spoken to the defendant three times in the fourteen months he had been located in the district. He had been seventeen years in the force, and had been stationed at Nantyglyn, Llan- gollen, Llantysilio, and Johnstown, and he was still a constable. By Mr. Osborn: He did not strike the de- fendant, but the defendant struck him once with his hand and once with his stick. Robert Owen, llanfair Talhaiarn, farmer, said the constable was standing in front of the counter of the shop when he was there, and there was a crowd of persons outside. One was swearing, and the constable spoke to him about it. That man went away. The others also went away afterwards. The defendant when asked to go away said he was not making a noise, and said he wanted to go in the shop, and the constable told him to go into the shop and then go away. The defendant declined to go in the shop when ordered by the constable. He saw the constable later with a bruise above the eye, which was bleeding. He did not see the fight or the blow .given. Llias Hughes, Boot Stores, New Quay, Llanfair Talhaiarn, said he was m his shop, and the constable and Robert Owen came in. Witness gave corroborative evidence as to Evans refusing to go to the shop at the constable's order. He also heard a scuffle, and saw Williams bruised, but did not see the fighting. Mr. Lloyd addressed the Bench, and said the country was justly proud of its police force, and it was a matter for congratula- tion that the cases against that force were not many as to the conduct of the police. It had been necessary at times to change the locality of an offending policeman, and it was remarkable that after seventeen '\ears in the force the complainant in this case was nothing more than a mere police-constable. He hoped the Bench would treat the evi- dence in this case as they would in an or- dinary case. The defendant was a man of good character, had a five years' testimonial from his employer, was a good, honest work- man and sober, and it was endeavoured by the prosecution to say that the alleged as- I sault was unprovoked and premeditated. I lie submitted that lhe complainant had not I ■told the (truth in the matter, and that his tale was unreasonable. He (Mr. Llovd) would produce evidence to show that the constable was the aggressor and struck j Uvans first. Evan Evan- gave evidence, and said that he was a teetotaller. On the night in ques- tion he went to Llanfair and spoke to Gwilym Vaughn close to the boot shop at New Quay. There were also three boys speaking together not far awav. Vaughan and himself were not with them. The com- plainant came out of the shop whilst he was speaking to Vaughan, and he came up to them and said, What do you waiu here?" Witness replied he wanted to go into the shop. The constable replied, Go in the shop, then." Witness responded that he would go in the shop when he liked, and said ito the constable, If you don't leave me alone, I will make you lose your place." He replied. I do not care if 1 lose it to- night. itness had only spoken three times to the constable on previous occa- sions. The constable pushed him, when witness was standing with his hands in his trousers pockets, and a stick under his arm. The stick and his cap dropped. The con- stable trod on the stick as Vaughan went round to try and pick it up. He received a blow from him across the head with pan of the stick which was broken, and wheir he further tried for his neck witness "went' for him and struck the constable over the eye in self-defence. By Mr. Osborn: The first time he ever spoue to the constable was when he told him that he ought to have summoned a man with a motor bike as well as a cyclist. It was true that the constable had asked him if he came to Llanfair to kick up a row, and although he did not cause any trouble the officer was worrying him. He had been around the village of Llanfair with youths many a time, but they were not a gang of young roughs, and he was not the ring- leader. leader. I Mr. Osborn: Didn't you blush when you heard your chaiacter from Mr. Llovd? Witness: I don't know. (Laughter.) Have you always had the beautiful char- acter he gave you?—Yes. Mr. Lloyd: Whether he blushed or whether he has had a beautiful character does not affect the question. It is a ques. tion as to whether he was (assau'/ed, or whether he assaulted the policeman. W<j can all see his blushes for ourselves. (Laughter.) By Mr. Osborn He admitted that he had once paid costs in an assault case which bad been withdrawn but he could explain the whole circumstances. He was sure that he did not touch the constable until he was struck after being pushed. Gwilvm aughan, Ty'n-y-Ffrith, Llanfair, corroborated the defendant, and said it was the constable who first pushed Evans and caused his stick to drop. He tried to pick up his stick and cap, but the constable got hold of the stick, and after a brief struggle Evans let go the stick and Williams broke it, afterwards striking Evans over the head with a portion of it. P C. Williams struck the firslt (blow, and Evans only defended himself. By Mr. Osborn The constable had told him to move off many a time when he was sitting on the bridge at Llanfair, but the constable allowed his own pals to sit there. (Laughter.) He believed the constable had a grudge against him, as he had told his employer many a time that he would have summoned him but for his master. lie be- lieved thte constable had spite against Evans. David Evan Roberts admitted that he swore outside the shop in Llanfair, but did so without thinking. (Laughter.) P.C. Wil- liams pushed, struck and nearly choked Evans, after which defendant defended him- self. After further evidence, the Bench retired, a^d on their return to ( ourt Dr. Peter Jones (who presided over this case), said, The Bench have considered this case very care- fully, and they are not at all satisfied with the evidence which has been given, especi- ally for the prosecut:on. There is no cor- roborative evidence in that matter for the prosecution, and we believe that the wit- nesses for the prosecution have not stated all they ihave seen. We believe the con- stable was justified in going out and getting these young people moved off, and even in pushing the defendant when he would not move on but at the same time there is no satisfactory corroborative evidence as to who struck the first blow, and on that account we are very reluctantly compelled to dis- miss both cases.

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Conway Petty Sessions.


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