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CARMARTHEN COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY.—Before Messrs Grismond Philipps, J. L. Philipps, C. W. Jones, and Rev. R. G. Lawrence. ASSAULT.—CROSS SUMMONS. Lettice Roberts, Tower Hill, near Mynyddo-arej? Kidwelly, charged Mary Evans, her neighbour' with having assaulted her on the 16th inst A cross-summons had been taken out by Maiy Evans Mr James John appeared for Lettice Roberts, and Mr H. Brunei White for Mary Evans. All the witnesses were ordered out of court, and both snmmoness were heard together. Lettice Roberts, sworn, said she lived at Tower Hill, and was the wife of Thomas Roberts. black- smith. On Monday, the 16tb, she was in her house, and heard some noise outside, as if loud talking, and she was called out by Mary Evans. Margaret Davies and Ann Evans weie in her house at the time. Margaret Davies and witness went out, and Mary Evans told witness to look after her cows-that they were on the road all day. Margaret Davies told her she was to blame for creitina, a row. Witness boy asked Mary Evans what The had to do with the cowti, and she told him she would split his head open. Witness went on and tried to turn her face towards her home, when she was struck with a big stick across her shoulders. She did not strike Mary Evans before she was struck herself. Margaret Davies, Wm. Roberts, and Hannah Roberts were in the yard -it the time. Cross-examined by Mr White-Mary Evans had been complaining to her about witness's cows grazing on her land, and she said that she owned the roadside. On the day mentioned Mary Evans came to her yard driving two cows a stick, with which she threatened to split the boy's head. (Mr White here produced a small short stick.) Witness continuing: The stick produced was of the same kind as the one she used, but Longer. Witness got up some stones in her apron, but did not throw them. Mary Evans repeatedly said that she owned the roadside. She did not say to Ann Evans that she would have killed Mary Evans if Margaret Davies had not come out. Rev. R. G. Lawrence stated that she would swear anything. Mr John promptly rose to his feet and indig- nantly said that it was not fair for Mr Lawrence to make use of such remarks, and he (Mr John) strongly protested against them. Rev. R. G. Lawrence replied that Mr John was there with the permission of the magistrates. Mr John-1 am not here with yonr licence. Rev. R. G. Lawrence-You have no right to say nnything-- ° J Mr John-1 have, and I will-- Rev. R. G. Lawrence (excitedly)—Sit down. Mr John-I decline to sit down. Rev. R. G. Lawrence—Then I stop the case. Mr John—You have no right to make the remark you uttered with regard to my client, and when you do so I have a right to interpose. Rev. R. G. Lawrence—You have no right to interfere with what I say. Mr John—I have a perfect right, and not only have I right, but I will interpose in such a circum- I stance. Cro&s-examination continued-Witness did not use any force, but simply took bold of her Re-examined by Mr John-There was no gate on the road which led to her bouse. The stick she was struck with had some twigs sticking out of it. By the Bench-She herself had not been told to put a gate there. Rev. R. G. Lawrence (in a loud tone)-Has your husband been-told to put a gate on the land ? Mr John-I object, as she cannot say what has been told to her husband. How can she know ? Rev. R. G. Lawrence—Well, she ought to know. Mr John said the only way to bis client's house was the road on which Mary Evans said the cows were straying Margaret Divies, living at Bankffosfelin, fowl dealer, said she remembered the day in question. The boy, Wm. Roberts, had gone to fetch the cows, which were in a field li miles away, and on the way home had gone into the blacksmith's shop for the donkey, leaving the cows to go themselves, when Mary Evans saw them and drove them home. Mrs Roberts went out and told her to go away with her noise, and on going to close to her she received a stick about the thickness of her finger across her faoe. Both then struggled for the stick, and she went on to separate them. Cross-examined by Mr White—She did not go on because she was afraid Mrs Roberts would do an injury to the old woman. She did not remember seeing a cap and shawl on the road. They did not make any fun of the old lady (Mrs Evans), as it was unnecessary. Witness was sister-in-law to Mrs Roberts. There had been many previous disputes about the cows, and Lettice Roberts could not walk the road without being interfered with She would swear that Mrs Roberts did not take up any stones, nor were there any in her apron. The stick produced was not the one used, which was stouter and longer, nor was it of the same kind of wood. She saw a mark on Mrs Roberts' face, but there was no blood. William Roberts, son of the complainant, said that his mother's face was bleeding. He did not notice that Mary Evans' shawl was broken. He was in the blacksmith's shop about five minutes. His mother went with stones towards Mary Evans, but did not throw any of them at her. Hannah Roberts, daughter of complainant, said she was certain her mother did not pick up any stones. Mr John (to witness)-All you mean to say is, you did not see your mother taking up stones. Rev. R. G. Lawrence—You cannot put it like that. Mr John-I will put it. I can put it, as the learned clerk has said I have a right to do so, although a magistrate has said I cannot. Witness said she did not see any stones with her mother. That was all the evidence for the complainant Mr White, in addressing the Bench, pointed out the contradictory evidence given -about the stones etc., and urged that the aasault had been coml mitted upon his client, and not upon Roberts. Mary Evans said she lived at Danybank, and was 66 years of age. On the morning of Monday she saw Roberts' two cows, one above and the other below her house. The road was for her to graze, and for Roberts to walk on only. She took up a little twig, and in a friendly way drove the cattle to her yard. Margaret Davies came out and said, "Hallo, old woman, is that you? Walk it. Roberts then came to her with stones, took bold of her roughly, and tore her shawl, and pulled the cap and handkerchief off her head. She after- wards picked them from the ground in rags. When she was taken hold of, she struck Lettice with a stick. By Mr John—She never threatened to split the boy's head. Ann Evans said sho was a dressmaker, and on Monday was working in Lettice Roberts' house. She did not go into the yard when the row was on, but when Lettice came in she said she had gone on to Mary Evans with some stones, and caught hold of her throat. She also said that Mary Evans' cap and hat were in pieces, and that she did not know what she would have done to her if Margaret Davies had not come out. By Mr John-She did not hear anything said about the threat of splitting the boy's head. Mr John—Are you sure that nothing was said about it ? Rev. R. G. Lawrence-You have no right to try and mislead the witness. She has positively said No. Mr John—You have no right to say that I am attempting to mislead anyone. Rev. R. G. Lawrence-That is why perjury is done here so often. The girl has given a direct answer. Mr John-I think I have had enough experience in a court, and probably have bad more experience than you in conducting a case. Cries of Sit down, John," from the Bench, with a alight twittering in the body of the Court. Rev. R. G. Lawrence-That is a matter of opinion. Mr John—That is my opinion, whatever. The Bench then retired to consider the case, and returned in a short time, having found that it was Mr Roberts who committed the assault in the first instance, and fined her 2s 6d and costs, the other summons being dismissed. USING A GUN WITHOUT A LICENSE. John Jenkins, Llwynevan, in the parish of Laugharne, was fined 108 and 7s costs having used a gun without a license.


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