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PONTYPOOL POLICE COURT. SATURDAY.. Before Colonel BYRDE (in the chair), Mr 1. BUTLER, Mr A. A. WIGLIAMS, Mr W. P. JAMES, and Mr W. L. PRATT. THE DISORDERLIES. John Desmond was charged with beiDg drunk and disorderly at Pontypool on the 4th June.- P S. Saunders gave evidence, and as defendant pleaded that it was more excitement than drink, he was let off with the payment pf the costs, 486d.. James Bobbert was charged with a. similar offence at Aberbeeg, on the 3rd inst., and on the evidence of P.O. Edmunds, was fined lUs, Elizabeth Barrett was, on the evidence of P.C. Harris, fined 5s for being drunk and disorderly at Abersvchan on 5th June. J John Lam and Morgan Hopkins were WIth neto-gs behavIour at Pontypool o e 5th June.—P.S. Ash gave evidence, and as it*as the defendants' first offence, they were let off with a fine of 10s each, including costs. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AT MAMHILAD. Francis Lewis was charged with cruelty to animals by working a horse dnnt st^,te Mamhilaa on the llth May.-Defendant pieced not guilty.—Inspector Warr, R..S.P.C.A., P, J cuted, and said that about 2.15 p.m oatbe a^ noon of the 18th May, he was on the tighwa3 at Mamhilad when he saw defendant driving a small roan pony. He noticed something wrng, and he stopped him. He found the animal exceedingly lame on the near foreleg, the fetiock was partiy dislocated, the foot badly contracted, and the pastern very much inflamed. He <*lled the defendant's attention to the state °f pony, and he said there was nothing the matter with the animal; it had been like that for a long time. He then whipped it up, and went at the rate of eight or nine miles per hour. went away he noticed that the pony lame, and that the fetlock joint was s pp P and out.—John Williams, veterinary g Abersychan, was called for the defen he had known the pony in question for three years. It had met with an accident some time '3 ago, in consequence of which the sinew was sHrunk, and it was a little lame. He could not term it a dislocation. -It might give the animal a little pain to be worked.—The defendant said he had had the pony for about three years, and since then had driven it to Abergavenny, Usk, and Newport, and it h&d always come back the same as it started. He did not it any pain to be worked.-The Bench decided that the animal was not in a fit state to be worked, and they sentenced defendant to pay a fine of 10s. DAMAGING A RESERVOIR. James Baker was charged with malicious injury to a reservoir, the property of the Paten Nut and Bolt Company, Cwmbran, on the 31st May. —Defendant pleaded guilty to damaging a tank. -,Ur W. H. V. Bythway prosecuted, and said that the pond which defendant was accused of damaging supplied the water for the boilers, and also for 55 horses working underground in the Cwmbran Colliery. On Thursday, the 31st lilt., they found that the pond had been emptied, and they afterwards discovered that it had been done by defendant for the purpose of catching ash: If the fact that the pond was empty had not been discovered in time, the colliery would have had to be stopped, and the horses under- ground would have been without water.-James Price said that he was in chatge of the boilers at Cwmbran Colliery. On the day in question he found that the sluice bad been raised and the pond emptied. The sluice had been put down again, but some pieces of stick had got under, and prevented it from getting down.—William Jacobs, manager, Cwmbran Colliery, said that the last witness reported to him on the 31st ult. that the pond had been emptied. Defendant came to him afterwards, and admitted that he Had emptied the pond for the purpose of catching fish, and wanted him to let him off with a fine. This, however, witness refused to de, as that kind of thing had been done so often previously. They lost over 46,000 gallons of water, which was a great deal in that dry weather, in fact they had not been able to get the pond up since.—A nne of JEl, and 4s 6d costs, was inflicted. ANOTHER CRUELTY CASE. John Lewis was charged with cruelty to animals by working a horse in an unfit state at Llanhilleth, on the 29th May, and Solomon Kremar was also charged with cruelty by causing the horse to be so worked.—Defendants pleaded not guilty.—Inspector Warr, R.S.P.C.A.. prose- cuted, and said that on the 29th May he saw Lewis driving the horse in question at Llan- hilleth. He examined the animal, and found a large raw wound on the back, and also another large wound about three inches over on the side. There was a pad over the wound, which had rubbed off the skin from the sore. The part was exceedingly sensitive, and the horse shrank when touched. He spoke to Lewis, and he said he Jiad not known of the condition of the horse. He had merely hired it for the day, and it had been brought to his house ready harnessed. —For the defence, Lewis repeated the state- ment he had made to the inspector as to his ignorance of the state of the horse, and Kremar said he knew that the horse had had a sore on its back and had a man to attend to -it.-The Bench dismissed the case against Lewis, believ- ing his statement that he had no knowledge of the state of the horse. Kremar was fined 15s including costs. CHARGE OF CRUELTY TO A DUCK. Elizabeth Loman was charged with ill-treating aduck by breaking its leg with a stene, at Llan- hilleth on the 28th May.—Inspector Warr again prosecuted.—David Phillips said that on the 28th May last he had a duck and a drake outside his housr. About 4 o'clock in the afternoon he saw Mrs Loman and a little girl outside. The little girl was beating Uje duck with a branch and Mrs Loman was throwing stones at ït. He told her not to do so, and she said she would knock his head off. He went into the house, and a few minutes afterwards saw the duck come up the path alone. He went to look for the drake, and found it in a level with its leg broken. He took it to Mrs Loman, and charged her with breaking its leg, and she replied that be must have done it himself. He then went to the constable. In reply to questions, witness said he did npt see defendant hit the duck.-P.C. Prosser gave evi- dence as to seeing the drake with a broken leg. Mrs Leek and John Leek, mother and son, gave evidence to the effect that they did not see Mrs Loman hit the drake, but that it went into the level all right.—Mary Parry also gave evidence to the same effect.-The BeRch said they would not convict defendant of the offence, but would sentence her to pay the expenses, 10s. OFFENCE AGAINST THE WILD BIRDS PROTECTION ACT. James Berryman was charged with unlaw- fully being in the possession of two wild birds on the 3rd June.-Defendant pleaded guilty.— Inspector Warr deposed to seeing two thrushes in the possession ot-(Iofendant on the 3rd June. The case had been brought on in order to act as a warning to others. They wished to make the provisions of the Act as widely known as possible, and for that end they had every year printed and distributed bills containing the pro- visions of the Act.—Defendant was sentenced to pay the costs. CRUELTY TO CHILDREN. Elizabeth Tippins was charged with neglecting two children, John Matthews, aged three years, and William Matthews, aged 5 years, her grand- children, on the 27th May, in such a manner as to cause injury to their health.-—Mr L. E. Webb prosecuted for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. He said that in this case the two children in question were the illegitimate children of Elizabeth Matthews, and had been given into the charge of her mother by her., Unfortunately, however, Mrs Tippins had recently given way to drink, and had since that time neglected the children very much. The inspector, in his evidence, would describe the children as being filthily dirty and insufficiently clothed.—Sergeant Saunders said he had known Mrs Tippins for the last seven or eight years. During the last six jnonths he had noticed that she had been of more intemperate habits than she had been before. He went to her house on the 26th May. She was then very I drunk, and the little boy was very dirty and very poorly clad. He also went to the house on other dates, and on many occasions found her very drunk. The two little children were on 63'U occasion very dirty and badly clothed.-Un Ânn Bowen and Catherine Evans gave evidence to the effect that the children were badly clothed, and were very dirty, the former saying that on some occasions they had come to hp,r and asked for food.-Inspeaor Coates, said that in company with Sergt. Saunders he visited Mrs Tippin shouse on the 21st May. The bed- room. was filthly dirty, and the bed had no covering upon it, Except ap old counterpane and some rags. They saw$§ children in the, 6f a neighbw- :T • rw,rlv xnev were Doth very o*ad, and their heads covered with .crmin. They were fairly well nourished.- Elizabeth Matthews, single woman, said she was the mother of the two children. They had been in the charge of her mother since last Marcn. She had been paying her mother no regular money, but had given her what she asked for. She thought she gave her on the average about 7s. a month. She had bought the children cloth- Hlg, but she did not know her mother had pawned any of it. The father of the children was dead. —Defendant denied neglecting the children, but said that she had been ill lately, and was not then able to look after them.—The magistrates ordered that the children should be sent to the Workhouse, and sentenced Mrs Tippina to imprisonment for a fortnight. USING A REVOLVER A TINWORKER'S FOOL- HARDY FREAK. Chas. Francis tinworker, Caerleon,, was charged on remand with feloniously shooting at John Halcombe and Stephen Bassett with intent to kill at Panteg on the 4th inst.—Mr L. E. Webb, who appeared for prisoner, submitted at the out- set that prisoner could not be charged with attempting to kill two persons, when only one shot was fired.-T he Chairman No; a man can hardly fire one shot at two persons.—Mr Webb: That is my contention, sir. It is for the prose- cution to answer.-Supt. James, who prose- cuted on behalf of the police, said the bullet passed between the two men, so, under the cir- cumstances, they had charged the prisoner with shooting at the two.-Mr W. P. James: If you can prove he was shooting at one, you will have a difficulty in proving he was aiming at the othey. I Laughter.) — The Chairman: As the charge stands, he is charged with the attempted murder of two men with one shot.—Supt. James: Perhaps your worships will hear the evidence.— The Clerk I think myself a shot such as you describe is' a shooting with intent to murder, but only one person.—Supt. James then called John Halcombe, who said he was a boxer at the tin- works, and lived at Pontrhydyrun. On Sunday afternoon, the 4th inst., he and a friend named Stephen Bassett went for a walk along Ponty- velia field at New Inn, and saw prisoner and three other men sitting on a bank. Witness raised his hat in salutation to the men, two of whom he knew. Prisoner then shouted, Are you 50 yards off V" Witness replied, No, let's go on a bit," and walked on. He then heard a report, and something which he thought was a bullet whizzed between him and Bassett, the latter being at the time two or three yards in front of him. Witness did not think prisoner intended to do any bodily harm to either of them, but thought it was entirely a drunken freak.— Cross examined by Mr Webb: Witness gave information to the police. He did so in order that defendant should not shoot at anybody again. (Laughter.) He had since accompanied a policeman to the spot, and found the distance between where he stood and the place were prisoner sat about 43 yards. Witness did not raise his hat as a target for prisoner to aim at. He did not know prisoner had a pistol with him. After the shot was fired, witness passed on without saying anything to prisoner.—Stephen Bassett, tinworker, Sebasto- pol, gave corroborative evidence, but gave it as his opinion that the bullet passed over their heads.— Daniel Richards, wagon repairer, New Inn, said he was with prisoner and two other men sitting down in the meadow. When prisoner fired he pointed the revolver over the heads of the men towards the river. Prisoner was on the bank, and Halcome and Bassett were below him. By firing from where he was sitting, the bullet would ?o over the men's heads. Prisoner had been rinking that day.—Cross-examined There was no chance of the men being hit.-P.C. Lynch said that from information received he arrested the prisoner on Tuesday morning at his work, and charged him with shooting at Halcombe and Bassett with intent to kill. In reply he said, "I didn't mean to kill or harm them. It was foolhardiness and the drink." Witness asked him what he had done with the revolver, and he said he had thrown it away. Afterwards he said the revolver was near his furnace at the work, and witness could have it if he went and asked a certain man for it. Witness went to the work, but failed to find it. He was told the revolver had been thrown in the feeder.—For the defence Mr Webb said the account which prisoner gave to the police constable was really true. The act of firings the revolver in the manner described was no doubt an extremely foolish and reprehen- sible one, and the cause of it was that Francis had been drinking. His explanation was that ho bought the pistol the night oef ore, as he intended shortly to go to America. There was not at any time any intention in his mind to fire to the injury of either of the men. There ws no direct evidence that prisoner fired directly at the men, and as they were not in any actual danger, he (Mr Webb) would ask the magistrates to deal, summarily with the case and exercise leniency towards the prisoner.—The Chairman, addressing the prisoner, said the Bench had very attentively considered, the evidence brought in support of the charge against him, which was, as he was well aware, a very serious one indeed.. They had desired to give every possible attention to any extenuating circumstances which had been brought forward to prove that he did not intend to inflict grievous bodily harm to anyone. At the same time, it was right that they should ex- press their reprehension of his conduct in making a foolhardy use of a deadly weapon. They did not intend, under the evidence brought before them, to send him to take his trial even for attempting igrevious bodily harm. which they might have done, but they desired to impress upon him the very oolemu -alid responsible posi- tion to which he had brought himself by pro- bably giving way to drink. They trusted this would be a serious warning to him, and with that warning they dismissed him from the charge (Applause in court.) FRACAS IN A PUBLIC HOUSE. Job Shearn was charged with being disorderly and refusing to quit the Carpenter's Arms Inn, Llanhilleth, on the 3rd inst.—Mr L. E. Webb appeared for the prosecution. -Jane Lewis, daughter of the licensed holder, said the defend- ant was in the house about 9 o'clock, and dis- turbed the company. Witness told him to leave, but he refused. He continued to disturb the company until a police constable came in.- Jonathan Phillips corroborated, adding that the defendant took up a pmt of beer belonging to him, and when he remonstrated, threatened to strike him.—Defendant called' a witness, who, however, did little to help him.—A fine of 20s, including costs, was imposed. Jeremiah Williams was charged with assaulting Sarah Ann Shearn and Job Shearn, at Llan- hilleth, on the 3rd June.Job Shearn (the defendant in the last case) said that after the conversation between him and the landlady of the Carpenters Arms, the defendant, who was Mrs Lewis's brother, struck him. He, however admitted that he strucK defendant first, and the Bench dismissed the case, orderingj 4ach party to pay his own costs. i' i ^ROBBING A GARDEN. I t George Lewis, James Morris, Edwin Walters, and David Lloyd, boys, were charged With steal- ing a quantity of gooseberries, value 4d, from the garden of Mr W P James, at Abersychail on the 4th June.—Harriett Howells and Samuel Howells, mother and son, gave evidence as to seeing some boys in the prosecutor's garden, but could not swear positively to the defendants.— P.S. Allen said Mrs Howells gave him the names of the four defendants, and said the smallest boy, Lloyd, was put through the hedge y the others, and he handed the gooseberries out.— This the boys practically admitted, and they were fined 10s each.—Mr Pratt also warned them against other mischievous acts, saying that there had been general complaints about their conduct at the British. (Mr W. P. James retired from the Bench during the hearing of this case.) r 2. AN UNFILIAL SON. Joseph, Morris, was charged with not maintain- ing his mother, whereby she became cha rgeable to the Pontypool Union.—Wm. M^aliphant, relieving officer said the defendant's mother became chargeable on the 4th M,A.1 and was allowed 3s per week.—It transpired that the defendant was a married man W ithout children, and that his brother already paid something toward his mother's supporlc.-Defendant was ordered to contribute Is. Pf.r week, and also pay the oosts, 6s 6d. SCHOOL CASES. Chas. Watkim, AfW. Jones, Edward Perry John Hillman and Wm. Edwards, were charged with, neglecting to SP.nd their children to school. Mr Derrett,school attendance officer tothePonty- pool Union, gave evidence.—In the case of Hillman, defendant produced a ihedical certifi- cate stating tlve child wa unable to attend, and the case was dismissed —Orders to attend school were made ui the other cases. Daniel ifces fcnd^SS^W were charged John Roderick at the Race on too. ay.-Prosecutor did not appear, and it was explained that he was unable to attend on the previous Saturday.—The Bench adjourned ^e case for another week. LIVELY TIMES ON THE SOWHILL. Mary Jagles, John Jagles, and Bridget Johnson, were charged with assaulting Margaret O'Connell and Wm. O'Connell at Pontypool on the 4th June.—The evidence of the complainants was to the effect that Mrs Jagles commenced the disturbance on Sunday afternoon by insulting them, following this up by rushing into their house, seizing hold of Mrs O'Connelllby the hair, and beating her, Mr O'Connell interfered, and received awhaok on the back of the neck with a otlcket. The male defendant also took part in the assault, and Jshfison came in at the death ° nd lauded Mr Connell a smack on the side ot I hishead.—Considerable difficulty was experienced in hearing tne evidence, i» ~T 1" noisy and excited attitude of The women were repeatedly^cautioned by the Bench, who had to threaten ce3]jf before they quieted down.—There were ten p vious convictions against V^Le offenoes, and four against Mrs Jagles. There wis nothing against John Jagles, and he was ordered to pay the costs, 8s. 6d. Mrs Jagles an Bridget Johnson were fined 40s. each, or one month. They accepted the alternative and were removed from the court by force, shouting and threatening to have 'em again (meaning the complainants) for it. Mrs Jagles also insisted upon her better half going to Usk with her, in- staed of paying the costs as ordered. BASTARDY ARREARS. Joshua, Carpenter answered an adjourned sum- mons for non-payment of JE6 10s arrears due under a bastardy order to Mary Jones.-Defen- dant was ordered three weeks previously to pay j62 in a fortnight, and JE1 a month afterwards. He had not paid anything, and now stated he had been idle nearly all the time.—Upon bis promising to hand over his pay ticket (produced) for ii. the Bench adjourned the case foranotber fortnight. DISORDERLIES. William Rogers was charged with being drunk at Garndiffaith on the 30th ult.-P.C. Jones said he saw defendant in a beilstly state, with a crowd of children and men round him.—Fined 10s. Mary Ann Donovan and Ann Rees were charged with riotous behaviour at Abersychan on the 3rd June.-Rees did not appear, it being stated that she had recently been c(knfined.Donovan pleaded guilty, and was fined 10s. Frank Harris pleaded guilty to riotous con- duct in a public place at Garndiffaith on the 6th June, and on tne evidence of P.C. Jon<.s was fined 10s. A CAUTION TO SELLERS OF BREAD. John Chambers visa charged with unlawfully carrying and delivering bread in a cart without beine provided with scales at Abersychan on the 2nd June.—Defendant pleaded guilty, but said he was not aware he had to carry scales.—P.S. Allen saw the defendant delivering bread from a trap at Abersychan, and found he had no weights or scales with him.—Fined 15s, including costs. —^— —

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