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PONTYPOOL PETTY SESSIONS.

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PONTYPOOL PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY. Before Col. BYRDE (in the chair), and E. J. PHILLIPS, Esq. JUVENILE RUFFIANISM. Timothy Reardon, Daniel M'Gavin, and Jeremiah Minahan, three lads, were summoned for assaulting a young woman, named Martha Jones, at Abersychan, on the 8th inst.—Com- plainant stated that the defendants threw stones at her, struck her several blows, and kicked her; one of them gave her a violent blow with a bottle. The defence was that complainant was beating a boy who was a friend of the defendants, and they interfered on his behalf.—The Chairman said it was the opinion of the Bench that they were very bad boys. They would each have to pay a fine of 10s., or go to prison for seven days with hard labour. IN PURSUIT OF GAME. Francis Ralph Watson and Alfred Smith were summoned for trespassing in pursuit of game on lands belonging to the Blaenavon Iron Company.—Mr H. C. Steel, estate agent to the Company, stated, in answer to Mr Greenway (who prosecuted), that on the 2nd inst. he saw the de- fendants on a farm belonging to the Company a little boy was with them, and there were several dogs the dogs were coursing round the farm he met them again half-an-hour afterwards, and asked Watson why he allowed his dogs to beat about in the manner they were doing he replied that he had mistaken his road on the way home; the game on this particular farm was preserved great complaints had been made by the tenants of people trespassing upon their farms with dogs; in several instances sheep had been destroyed, and the Company had been asked to take measures to prevent a repetition of the annoyance.—A wit- ness was called, who stated that he heard a boy who was with the defendants call out to them that someone was coming, and they then jumped over the hedge into the road.—Mr Greenway called upon the Bench to deal with the case in some degree of severity. Both parties were well- known offenders and notorious poachers. Fences were broken down, sheep were killed, and great damage done to property by people who followed their vocation. The Chairman said the Bench felt no doubt that the dogs kept by the defendants were em- ployed for the sole purpose of poaching.—Smith, who had been once before convicted of a similar offence, would be fined 40s. and Watson 30s., im- prisonment to follow in default of payment. DRUNKENNESS. Thomas Davies pleaded guilty to being drunk on the highway. -P.c. Blaydon stated that he found the prisoner helplessly drunk on the Sow- hill at one o'clock in the morning.—Fined 10s., with the alternative of 7 days hard labour. NON-PAYMENT OF RATES. Ann Rees, innkeeper, was summoned at the in- stance of the Blaenavon Local Board for non- payment of 12 2s 8d, arrears of rates.—The Col- lector stated that defendant had appealed against the rates, but the Board refused to allow it.- Order made for payment with costs. David Lewis, farmer, was summoned by the Abersychan Local Board for neglecting to pay arrears of Local rates.—Defendant's wife, who spoke in Welsh, said she refused to pay on the ground that there was no road to her house. The Local Board had improved the road at the expense of the poor ratepayers for the especial accommodation of the gentry of the district.—Mr Phillips It struck me as being a hard case when you were summoned here before.—The Chairman: We have no alternative but to order you to pay the amount with costs.—Mrs Lewis I can't pay it, and I shan't.

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