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County Council Elections.



Dangerous in Drink.


Dangerous in Drink. Dinasite's Strange Conduct. At the Fishguard Town Hall, before Messrs T G Bennett and L Evans, on Saturday afternoon, Ivor Hale Jones, of Dinas Cross, was charged upon a warrant with having threatened and attempted to do bodily harm to Sarah Jones, and also with having assaulted Roderick Jones, on the preceding Thursday. Roderick Jones stated that he was a grocer carrying on business at Dinas Cross and that the accused was his foster son, and resided with him. On the date in question the prisoner went out of the house at about six o'clock and did not return until about nine, when he refused to take any food, al- though he had not eaten anything all day, nor for two days before. He said that if wit- ness' wife brought the food to him he would break the plate over her head. Subsequently he broke a glass lamp, and also a plate, and struck witness on the head with the culm spade. The blow had left a mark, but witness did not believe that it had been struck intentionally The Clerk (Mr Vincent J G Johns) said the court had nothing to do with that. Witness, proceeding, said prisoner after- wards cried like a baby. His (witness') wife ran out of the house. In reply to the Clerk, he said prisoner did not use any threats directly towards his wife, but he told him that he would kill her. Witness added that there was not a better man on earth than the prisoner when he was sober. Answering the Bench, he said his wife was afraid of prisoner and ran out of the house when he was drunk. He never threatened her, however, except when he was in that condition. Questioned by Supt Rees Brinn, witness said he himself, was afraid of the prisoner when he was drunk, but not when he was sober. He could not let him break things, and that was why prisoner had struck him on the date in question. The Clerk: If there's no harm in him, why did you trouble about the police ? Witness: There's harm in him when he's drunk, but not at any other time. The Superintendent He wasn't drunk when you came down here yesterday morn- ing ? Wieness No; he was as quiet as you, and playing the fiddle when the policemen went into the house In reply to the Clerk, he said prisoner was not drunk when he had applied for the war- rant. He added That's all I wants is for him to go and live on himself, and not come to trouble me-not come near me. Yes, that's all I wants. Answering the Clerk he said his wife was unable to be present as she suffered from heart disease and was confined to her bed that day. Prisoner declined to cross-examine. Further questioned by the Bench, witness said prisoner had never threatened or abused him prevously, but he had broken things in the house when under the influence of drink. He never did anything when he was sober there was not a better man in Fishguard at such times. Sergt Rosser, of Fishguard, said that on the previous day he had received the warrant, and had proceeded to the residence of the last witness, where he arrested the accused, who said nothing in answer to the charge, and came along quietly to the Fishguard police station where he was locked up for the night. The Clerk Have you any opinion as to his mental state ? The Sergeant No sir, I have not. The Clerk You can make no remark? The Sergeant: No sir. Prisoner again declined to cross-examine. The Superintendent applied for a remand until Tuesday to enable him to obtain further evidence. This was granted, the Bench directing that prisoner should be detained locally in custody. THE CHARGE DISMISSED. On Tuesday morning the accused was brought up before the same magistrates. The Superintendent stated that Mrs Jones was too unwell to attend, and, in view of the lack of corroborative evidence, he had no option but to withdraw the charge. He added that he had had the prisoner examined by two medical men, who had declared that, although he was dangerous in drink, emo- tional and weak-minded, he was not insane. Mr Bennett, addressing prisoner, said he had been brought there upon what might have been a very serious charge, and un- doubtedly was so, but, for the want of evi- dence that should have been forthcoming, the case against him had fallen through. His conduct in the past had been most reprehen- sible, and he was fortunate in that case that i the matter had not been further proceeded j with. Those who should prosecute him were, the speaker thought, dealing foolishly with him. His conduct in the past had been bad he was a man who should not take drink. If that sort of thing happened again he might not be so fortunate. The Bench had, how- ever, nothing to do but to dismiss him with a caution to be more careful. He had better get clear of that neighbourhood. y The Superintendent said his advice to him was not to go back to that home again, but to look for another, as he failed to get on properly at the present one. He was a man who had come to a time of life when he ,1 should fitfht his own battles, and keep away from histthersand mother. Mr Bennett said that, instead ot cherishing his parents in their old age, prisoner threat- ened them, which was most unnatural. He advised him to repent of his past conduct and try to behave better in the future. Prisoner was then discharged, and it was arranged that Constable Jones (Dinas) should accompany him home in order to see that no disturbance accompanied the removal of his effects.