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Llanrwst Petty Sessions. POLICE HAVE A ROUGH TIME. On Monday, before Mr. H. J. W. Wailing, Colonel Higson, Messrs. L. W. Jelf Petit, W. B. Halhed. John Blackwall, Major Priddle, Messrs. J. K. Williams and William Hughes. THIRSTY. William Jones, Scotland-street, was charged with being drunk in Denbigh-street on the the 26th November and fined 2s. 6d. and costs. Richard Hughes, Back Watling-street, was charged with a similar offence in Denbigh- street on the 1st December, and was fined 2s. 6d. and costs. David Wm. Jones, Scotland-street. against whom there were a large number of convic- tions for the same offence, was fined ios. and costs. P. C. Owen proved the three cases. OBSTRUCTING THE POLICE. II ugh Thomas, Watling-street, was charged with obstructing the police whilst in the execu- tion of their duty on the 24th November. P.C. Owen stated that whilst he was taking a prisoner up to the Police Station defendant tried to release the prisoner. He asked de- fendant several times not to interfere, and asked him to release the prisoner. He even- tually did, but further up the road he repeated the offence, and witness had to threaten to draw his staff before he would desist. He kept shouting and putting his fists up in the air. Defendant said he did not think he did any- thing beyond his duty. There were several there besides him. A fine of ios. and costs was imposed, a week being allowed in which to pay. ASSAULTING THE POLICE. Edward Jones, Scotland Street, appeared on three charges, namely being drunk and dis- orderly, also with assaulting P.C.'s Owen and Williams. Mr. James Porter (Messrs. Porter, Amphlett and Jones) appeared for the police, and Mr. Twigge Ellis for the defendant. P.C. Owen stated that on the evening of the 24th November he was on duty in Denbigh- street, at about 8.45, when he saw defendant coming up the street very drunk, staggering from side to side, and he knocked up against a man. Witness was standing with P.C. Williams opposite the end of Watling- street. He saw the defendant enter the Red Lion Inn, and he and P.C. Williams followed him to draw the attention of the landlord to defendant's condition. As they entered the door, however, the licensee was in the act of refusing him. Defendant resented the inter- ference of the police in preventing him having more drink, and refused to go home. P.C. Williams also asked him to go home, but again he refused. By this time a crowd had collected, and witness and P.C. Williams proceeded to take defendant into custody, when prisoner fell to the ground, and said You b--r's won't take me in to-night." He struggled and kicked. There were several in the crowd who had had drink, and witness was tripped up. As he got up he was de- liberately kicked by the prisoner. They then attempted to carry him, and whilst trying he (witness) was kicked twice in the face, also in the abdomen from which he still suffered pain. P.C. Williams was also kicked, and it was with difficulty that they got prisoner up. Witness' face was covered with mud and bleeding profusely. His and Williams's uniforms were covered with mud. By Mr Ellis When he first saw defendant be was going up Denbigh-street staggering. He followed him into the Red Lion, and de- fendant came out mumbling a bit, when he got out into the street he (witness) did not get hold of him. He heard the crowd shouting Shame." That was the Scotland-street section of the crowd. Mr Lloyd Jones, Liver- pool House, saw him when opposite his shop. but the struggle was partly over then. He was on the top of defendant attempting to turn him over. He was kicked in the face, and the marks were visible when at the Police Station. The marks were superficial. thf p1Vrr PS*e-r: The ,hree of the,n were at the Police Station. L f/S' Will,iams corroborated, stating- that both he and P.C. Owen endeavoured to get defendant to go home, but he r.fused, saying he would not go home for any nol ce.iW The crowd became very hostile, and he rel ceived kicks on the legs and chest, and his helmet was kicked off. They w^e both covered with mud. By Mr Ellis He saw P.C. Owen placing his knee on defendant s chest. The man was very violent, and .kicking hke a madman. Witness heard someone in thecrowdshouting "Shame They did not use any undue violence towards the prisoner. He did not strike defendant in the face when at the Police Station. Inspector Wyse had not to speak to him about it. Inspector Wyse said he was at the Police Station when the prisoner was brought in. He was followed by a hostile, noisy, crowd. The prisoner was staggering drunk. P.C. Owen charged him with being duink and dis- '[ orderly, and with assaulting him in the execu- tion of his duty. P.C. Williams also charged him with assault. Prisoner said "It's only a drop of drink, but I am not very drunk, am I ? He was then leaning against the wall. P.C. Owen's face was covered witli mud, and there were cuts on the left temple, on the right side of the nose, and one on the right side of the jaw. The uniforms of both constables were covered with mud. There was no sign of violence on the prisoner, but his coat was torn and dis- arranged. He did not complain. His wife came next morning to the Police Station and asked prisoner in his presence how he was. The prisoner replied I'm all right." She then asked him how his arm was, and he said "Oh, my arm is all right." She further said that she had heard that his arm was broken. He replied No, nothing of the kind there s nothing the matter," and showed it by working it up and down. She again came around on the Monday and told prisoner she had heard he had been abused by the police, and he was to remember to tell the magistrates everything that occurred. She asked li im if lie would like a solicitor to defend him, and he replied" No, I don't think it worth mv while, I will get off just as well with- out one." (Loud laughter.) He said he thought he had better plead guilty, as he was going to tell the Bench that one of the police- men had struck him in the cell. She asked which of them, and he replied "The new one," (meaning P.C. Williams). Tliet-e was no trtitli whatsoever in the statement that Williams had struck him whilst in the cell. By Mr Ellis The cuts on P.C. Owen's face were not serious, but the blood from the mouth and nose made it look worse. He saw nothing of the row. Miss Alice Bickers, daughter of Mrs. Bickers, of the New Inn, stated that defend- ant came to the New Inn at 8-40 on the evening in question. He was staggering, and she refused to serve him. Henry Plumb, Red Lion Inn, said defendant came in in a rocky state. Witness did not give him time to ask for drink, and said to him, You have had enough get off home, lad," and the police asked him to go home quietly in his presence. He could not say what occurred afterwards. John Jenkins, bootmaker, Watling-street, spoke to seeing the row. He saw the two constables and defendant on the ground. When defendant got up he was kicking wildly and strugglillg. He followed them a-, far as Henar. As far as he could see, the police did not use any more violence than was necessary. He saw Williams's uniform and Owen's face. Cross-examined bv Mr. Ellis He saw de- fendant's f ot about P.C. Owen's head several times. After he had got up off the ground, his arms were fastened on both sides. He heard some people shouting "Shame, but he did not know what for. R. D. Richards, Denbigli-street, said he witnessed the defendant and the two con- stables on the ground, the defendant strug- gling and the police trying to raise him off the ground. Defendant caught P.C. Owen a kick on the nose. He also saw P.C. Williams's helmet being knocked off. The crowd fol- lowed to the Police Station. The police did not use any more violence than was neces- sary. The officers had a rough time of it. By Mr. Ellis The kick might possibly be unintentional. THE DEFENCE. Mr Ellis called the defendant Edward Jones. He said that on the night in questie i he had a little drink, and when the Police Officer came to the Red Lion he came out at once. When he was standing on the parapet he was pushed off. He was pushed three times, and he fell down. P.C. Owen was on his chest on the ground and P.C. Williams by his head. They hurt his arm by twisting it and also his fingers. He did not kick them, for he was fast and could not kick. His coat was torn. If the policeman was kicked he did not do it intentionally. By Mr. Porter It was untrue that he refused to go home. He was struck or pushed down. Mrs. Jones, wife of the defendant, said she saw P.C. Owen on defendant's chest, and P.C. WiH ams, standing by his head. She asked the officers to let him come home, but she could not tell what the reply was. She heard some shouting of Shame." She was so upset that she went home. Mrs Davies, 8, Scotland Street, said she saw defendant near the Red Lion at 9 to half past, and saw him come out. He came as far as the corner of Watling-st., towards the Square, and P.C. Owen pushed him two or three times, and defendant fell to the ground opposite Richard Thomas's, Longton House. A crowd collected and she did not see P.C. Owen being kicked. She however saw defendant kick, she supposed to get his breath. Prisoner was doing his best to free himself. By Mr. Porter The crowd shouted "Shame." The defendant was not sober. Kate Tomkins, Scotland-st., said she was coming out of the Red Lion behind defendant. The latter said to the officer that he was waiting for some one. P.C. Owen then touched him on the chest, and defendant slipped off the pavement and fell at the corner of Red Lion. She did not see anything when the crowd collected, but she heard shouts of" fair ply." Robert Berry jeweller, Denbigh-street, said he saw defendant trying to get into the Red Lion and P.C. Owen on the pavement preventing him. He. also saw defendant on the ground opposite Greenwich House, P.C. Owen on his body and P.C. Williams by his head. He could see defendant's feet swinging in the air, but never saw anyone being kicked. He saw P.C. Williams without his hat. He could not see the idea of placing the knee on defendant's chest, and he thought more vio- lence was used than was necessary. He was of opinion that the two constables should have been able to take him up. By Mr. Porter When a man kicks another the wing comes first and then the kick. (Laughter.) It was the proper thing to pre- vent defendant from getting more drink. Mr. Ellis submitted that the evidence for the defence pointed to the fact that the man was deliberately pushed, and that in conse- quence of being pushed he fell, and immedi- ately he fell P.C. Owen got upon him and got his knee on his chest. It was very natural under such conditions that the man's legs should be in the air. If P.C. Owen was kicked it was done unintentionally. There was no evidence that this man struck any of the constables in any way. The only evidence was that P.C. Owen was kicked, but that was accidentally. The uniforms would naturally be dirty, as the roads were very dirty at the time. He asked the Bench to consider on behalf of the man that there was considerable force used, and that there was no intention of a deliberate assault. The Bench retired, and on their return the Chairman announced that they had decided to fine defendant for being drunk is. and costs, and for the assault upon P.C. Owen the penalty was one month hard labour, and for the assault upon P.C. Williams one month hard labour, the sentences to run concurrently.

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