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JPOLteE COURT. FRIDAY. Before C. J. Parkes, Esq. Watkin Edwards was charged with twing drunk and riotous, at Aborsychan, on the 25th inst. Ps. Lewie proved the charge.—Fined 10s. SATURDAY. Befors Col. Byrdi and C. J. Parkes, Esq. ASSAULTING A RAILWAY PQRTER. Evan Roberts, collier, Llanithel, was charged with assaulting John Mace, a railway porter, in the execution of his duty, at the Clarence Sta- tion, on the 14th April. Complainant deposed that he was on duty at the Clarence station on the date named, at 5.40 p.m. defendant came from the platform, and attempted to cross the line as the train from Crnmlin was approaching; complainant was standing near the crossing to keep all clear, and put out his hand to keep defendant back, telling him the train was coming in defendant per- sisted in crossing, and when complainant caught him by the arm to hold him back, defendant clutched him by the hair of the head and com- menced knocking him about and just as the train stopped, he flung complainant and himself against it. Beneh Why did you not bring this charge before. Inspector Mends: The case was laid before the General Manager, and we were awaiting his instructions. Defendant said he was very sorry for having committed the assault, but he only wanted to cross the line to catch the train for Crumlin. Complainant: The train was not five yards from the crossing when defendant attempted to pass the second time. Fined 40s, or 14 days' hard labour. Defendant: It is very hard for me to pay my fare and have to walk home, and pay all this money afterwards. A ROW ON CANAL PARADE. Arthur Lloyd, butcher, was charged with as- saulting Ann Hewett. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Complainant deposed that defendant came to her door, and called both her sister and her bad names she went out to ask whom he meant; he had two sticks and kept pointing them at her face she put up her hand to shove the sticks away, and he up with his fist and knocked her down, and as fast as she got up he knocked her down again complainant showed some bruises, which she alleged were the result of defendant's abusing her.. Defendant, however, declared those bruises were received byeoi-nplainantwlien lierlitisband knocked her down stairs, and said that com- plainant struck him (defendant) in the face three times. Mary Sheen, sister of complainant, stated that defendant was beating her sister near a wall when witness could not see any one coming to her sister's assistance, she ran into the house, fetched a poker, and struck him with it. Defendant They were both very drunk. Elizabeth Bethel said that Mrs Sheen had been in the house of defendant's grandmother, ran- sacking it, looking fora shawl defendant went in and stopped her some short time after wit- ness beard screams, and when she went out Mrs Sheen was using coal scuttles, poker, &c. Other witnesses were called, but the Bench considered the charge of assault to be proved, but defendant had suffered great provocation. He was ordered to pay costs (16s). THE BLAENYCWM TRESPASS. John Thomas, a hawker, was charged with wilful and malicious trespass by removing a fence, the property of Messrs Darby and Norris, at Blaenycwm, on the lgth May. Defendant was also charged with assaulting a servant in the employ of Messrs Darby and Norris. Mr Ward (Colborne and Ward) appeared for complainants, and Mr Dixon, Risca, for defend- ant. Col. Byrde stated that as Mr Parkes repre- sented interests which may come into collision with the parties in this case, he had decided to withdraw from the Bench during the hearing and the case was, consequently, left in his own power. Mr Dixon So tar as the alleged trespass is concerned, no justice can deal with it; but so far as the assault is concerned, one justice can- not deal with it. Mr Dixon wished to apply for an adjourn- ment his client was only served on Thursday evening with the summons, and had not time to f collect bÎ8 witnesses. The case waa similar to one that came before their worships some few weeks ago, and the same battle had to bo fought over again. His client had only three or four witnesses out of twelve, and he wished to have all tht witnesses together before he should pro- ceed with the case. He did not know why his friend left the summoning till the last moment, unless it was to steal a march upon them and he felt it would be an injustice to his client to proceed with the case before the whole of the witnesses had been got together. Mr Ward remarked that this case was pre- cisely similar to the one tried a few weeks ago; that being the case, what possible difficulty was there in the way of Mr Dixon defending it now ? There were only four cottages whose occupants had any pretence of right to travel over this tramway; and what possible grounds could there be for asking for a week's adjournment? Mr Dixon But it is a ridiculous thing to summon us on Thursday evening and expect us to defend ourselves on Saturday. Mr Edwards: But you were summoned bo- fore 12 o'clock. Mr Dixon denied this. Supt. M'lntosh called upon the policeman who bad served the summons to prove differently. Mr Dixon said he would admit it; and, as- suming it to be so, how could they expect this man, upon such a hurried notice' to walk away from his business. Defendant was in ill health, and unable to procure subpoenas and even if be did procure subpoenas, he would have to pro- cure them on Friday, and serve them on the same day and then the witnesses, perhaps, could not attend on account of the short notice. The Bench When the case was brought be- fore us, we then decided that we had no juris- diction. Mr Ward As it appeared before you tnen it was so but now it is different. After some further remarks, Mr Ward continued that he opposed the ad- jonrnment because it would entail a g.reat and unnecessary expense. If Mr Dixon is goilJg to support his claim to a bona fide right, he has no need of a dozen witnesses; he can do it him- self. Let the trespass case be opened first, and if he has not good grounds for his application, their worships would know how to deal with it. Mr Dixon need not take several days to get these witnesses here. It was useless to talk aboat surprises they brought gangs of men to destroy the property of his clients they were not satisfied with doing what was necessary, but they proceeded in a malicioosmanner. They must know that this case conld not pass without a prosecution they must know that they could not throw stones of 20 or 30lbs weight at men without thinking they were to be prosecuted. The Bench If it is the mere question of trespass, it cannot come before UfI. Mr Ward: If you will allow me, I will open my caise- Mr Dixon No, indeed, yon will not. Mr Ward If I do open it, Mr Dixon will have the benefit of my remarks. Let us proceed with the assault case. Mr Dixon We want the same evidence in the case of assault as we do in the case of tres- pass. We have only three witnesses out of twelve and I say it would be a monstrous in- justice to let this case go on without having the whole of the witnesses. The Bench Is there no possibility of coming to an arrangement ? A suggestion having been. made that the matter may be settled by arbitration, Mr Ward said be would be perfectly content with that solution of the difficulty, provided all parties who claim a right of way along the tram- road would give reasonable assurance that they would be bound by the decision of the arbitra- tors in that case he would be most happy to accept Mr Edwards as an arbitrator. He was going to throw out the suggestion, viz., to ad- mit that the public had a right of footway along this tramway, but that hIs chants fences shouid be protected. All they ask is that they may fence their farms, in order to prevent the cattle I from straying on to the mountain. This they would allow for the sake of peace. There was not the slightest shadow of a right for a cart- way but if the people would be content to take the right of footway along the tramroad, his clients would be content. Mr Dixon That is delightful now they have admitted a footway. Mr Ward We have not; I am more careful of my language than that. Mr Dixon Well, the cartway we shall prove. Mr Ward Mr Dixon has the case at his fin- gers; ends k i» evident that he has given it his- attention therefore, I shall ask you to decide upon the adjournment at once, but I must ask you to hear the opening. The Bench We can't refuse an adjournment of the case. The case was adjourned till Saturday, the 9th of June. AFFILIATION. The case of G. Williams, charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Agnes Price, which came before the Bench some weeks ago, was again brought on. Mr Gardner, Abergavenny, prosecuted Mr Greenway defended. Additional evidence was taken, but the case was finally dismissed. PUBLIC-HOUSE OFFENCE William Roberts, landlord of the Prince of Wales, Abersychan, was charged with selling beer during illegal hours on Sunday. P.c. Saunders and another policeman were sta- tioned to watch this house, at a distance of 30 yards, and saw a man supplied with a tin they followed the man, whose name was Lynch, and found that he had beer in this tin asked him to go back with them, but he refused, saying he did not want to get into trouble. Fined e5, and the license ordered to be endorsed. BRUTAL ASSAULT. William George and Edward George were charged with assaulting Benjamin Spillar, on Saturday night. Defendants did not appear and P.c. Saunders proved the service of the summons. Spillar said he went into the Buck," at Aber- sychan, on Saturday night the two defendants came in and began talking about barleycorns and how many would reach round the world they set on complainant, and kicked him into the road. William Pask corroborated Spillar's evidence, and said they kicked him (Pask) about 15 or 16 yards, and left him for dead on the road. Mary Ann Pask, wife of last witness, appeared with a pair of black eyes and the side of her face much discoloured, the results of the Messrs Georges' discussion about barleycorns. Defendants, it appeared, had too much of John Barleycorn, and the result was that they were fined 20s in each case-or £3 a piece. FIGHTING- # David Richards and Geo. Richards (brothers), Blaenafon, were charged with fighting, on Saturday night. P.s. James proved the charge, but said the fault lay principally with George. George was fined 10s, and David 5s. DRUNKENNESS. John Godding was charged with being drunk and riotous at rlaenafou.P-0. Lewis proved the charge.Fined 10s. I John Ashton was charged with a like offence. .Fined 10s. Thomas Humphreys was charged with a similar offence.Fined 5s. Samuel Britton was charged with being drunk and riotous, at Blaenafon, on Monday night. P.c. Wilmott proved the charge. Difeudaut said that the policeman had looked in at his window, and he only came ont to ask him why he did it.A Mrs Jones confirmed defendant's statement, but allowed that he was drunk.The policeman said he stood four yards from the window, and denied having looked in.Another policeman was called, aDd he corroborated the charge of drunkenness.Fined 58. MONDAY- Before the Rev. J. C Lletfcllin and C. J. Parkes, Esq THE STABBING CHARGE. Robert Eades, baker, was brought up (on re- mand) charged with maliciously cutting and wounding his wife, Anue Eades, on Wednes- day, 23rd inst. Mr Watkins appeared for the defeftofe. Supt. M'Intosh said that he had received, from Dr Thomas, a certificate stating that the woman was progressing very favourably he does not apprehend any danger but, at the same time, she is so weak from loss of blood that she can- not attend within a fortnight. Prisoner was admitted to bail, himself in A100 and two sureties in £ 50 each. Charles Powell (mcle to Mrs Elides) and his son became sureties for prisoner. I


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