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CAHMARTHEN COUNTY S VTUKDAY Dec. lIth.-Beforo Mr. F. Dudley Williams-Drummond, Hafodneddyn (chairman); .Hughes, Middlcton Hall, and Mr. H. Jones ua\ic Glvneiddan. LICENSING. Thomas Thomas, lato of the Lark Inn, Carmar- then, was granted a temporary transfer of the lar- BolicUor, Carmarthen, 10 ,t-™ ,P • The house had been closed since OcFoter and no complaints had been made. Indeed IvL another house there, several people had spot™ t» "J Mid that "M V'aS 'V for the village. »1<1 that tho Bcnch did *ot think ™o»?htV iir 32 licence then being refused NIGHT TRESPASS AND ASS A L L. -L • P.C. J. Ll. Thomas summoned John Evans, 1, Cro £ »t/e'o. Ll^bri. ,,nd Benjamin Wte bank, Llanybri, colliers, with trespassing at m; t with nets in pursuit of game at Llanstephan on the 12th November. They were also charged with assaulting the constable in the execution of his ^Defendants pleaded guilty to trespassing for coming over the hedge of Pentrewyn *arn\ the highway. Witness was 15 yards off end stood against the hedge, when he was struck ^'ith some- thing. He ran on to the defendants, and found m possession of Williams two long nets about 120 vards in length. In possession of Evanslie f°uml twt' stakes and two newly-caught rabbits. itncss ac- cused them of poaching oni Pentrewyn, but defen- dants made no reply. W itness then said. \\hy should you throw stones at me. Evans ieplu^d, '•I thought that you were Pentrewyn boy. Witness asked them to go to Cross Roads, where ho saw P C Dd Davies, St. Clears, in whose presence ho said to defendants, "What made you to go out poaching?" Evans replied, "We wanted a rabbit each." Witness asked them why they threw stones at him, and Williams replied that "the stonús which I thrp-w would not kill anybody. Evam eaid, "I only threw a handful of gravel. Take a rabbit each, and don't summons ns. P.C. DaMes and vutnes., with the two defendants, returned to the place where the stones were thrown and found on the road several stones. In defendants' presence wit- ness- picked the stone (produced), which was the smallest on the road, and said that he would report defendant. Defendants said that if there had been any assault they would not have given their names or carried the constable's cape for him. That was tho firs^ •time they had beard of the assault. They wer not on Pentrewyn but on Hendre, where they could go It was not 9.45 when the constable met them, as it was only 9.45 by his watch when they got to Cross Roads. The Bench considered the case clearly proved, and assumed that the constable's evidence was true. -For the tresna^s they were fined £ 2 and costs with forfeiture of the nets, and 10s. and costs for the assault. THE DRINK. Wm. Jones, timber haulier, Greenfield Cottage, Ferrvside was charged bv P.C. Richards with being drunk and disorderly at 9.55 on Tuesday, the 23rd -ult at Ferrvside.—Ho did not appear through ill- ness, and was fined 10s. and costs, there being one previous conviction for the same offence. P.C. J. Ll. Thomas charged George Williams, farmer, Gla-sfrvn, Llangunnoek, with being drunk at 7 58 p.m .on the 24th ult,—Defendant pleaded '•Guilty," and was lined 5s. and costs, the Chairman describing his action in sending his wife last week to answer the charge as being very cowardly. SHOT AT A RABBIT. John Evans, a gamekeeper in the employ of Mrs. Brogde.n, Iscoed, Ferryside, charged D. J. Williams, Wcllficld-terrace, Ferryside, and Job Davies, Ferry House, Ferryside, with game trespass in the parish of St. Ishmael on the 15th irft.—Defendants both pleaded "Guilty."—Mr. 10. A. H. Harries 6ojicitor appeared for the prosecution. J Complainant said that he found defendants about 11.30 a.m. on land belonging to Mrs. Brogden, Is- coed, with dogs and guns. "When asked for their name and address they ran away. They were hunt- ing the hedges, and shot at a rabbit. He followed them and got. their names and addresses. Williams admitted going over the boundary into Iscoed field and shooting a rabbit. They had per- mission to go on Isooed-ucha. There was a previous conviction against Williams for a similar charge. Mr. Harries said that that was not the only place they had been to. They were seen shooting all over the place all day. They might hear other cases against the defendants. The Chairman said they could not go into that that day. Williams was lined El and costs and Davies 10s. and costs. THE LAW OF GAME TRESPASS. Thos. Edward Lewis, repairer in the employ of the Crellveeidrim Colliery Co., Station-road, Carnaot; David Williams, collier, Brvnderi, (iurna.n1, and Thomas Thomas, collier. Afon Villa, Garnant, were summoned by Edward Bellamy, head keeper to Earl ■Cawdor, with trespassing in pursuit of game at Garreg-goch Wood, Llanarthney, on the 13th ult. Mr.. H. Brunei White appeared for the prosecu- tion, while Mr. W. Howell, Llanelly. represented the defendants. 1 e Mr. White said that last week he was given to understand by a solicitor that the defendants were going to send an apology, and to make reparation] for what they had done, but he was rather surprised to see that day that Mr. Howell was going to plead '"Not guilty." Mr. Howell said that he had been instructed be-1 fore the previous Satur'dav. Mr. White, after outlining his case, submitted that even if permission had been given to defendants by the teuant, or anyone else, he had no right, to give it, and it was no excuse for the defendants in law. P.C. Jenkins deposed that at. 11.30 a.m. on the "I3th ,illt. he was at Garreg-goch Wood, and whilst,; there- saw the defendants. They had two grey- hounds, a spaniel, and a terrier with them, and Williams had a ferret. He saw Williams place the ferret in a rabbit hole several times. Witness was about. 10 yards off. They went to another part, and Williams again put the ferret in a rabbit hole. A rabbit bolted, and a greyhound, which was held by Lewis, gave chase, and brought tho rabbit bac, When Lewis saw witness ooming on he said. "Look out, bovs." Williams took the ferret out of a hole and held it in his hand. Two greyhounds were held by the other defendants. When asked for an ex- planation of what he was doing, Lewis said they had got permission from Rees, Garreg-goch, the farmer, but did not produce it when asked. David Williams said, "I got the permission; I saw Rees this morning. He told us to go." Witness asked him if he had seen Rees that morning, and after some hesitation, he said, "No, but I saw his wife." Witness told him that he was not telling the truth, as tho wife was not alive. Williams then said that he had seen her a year before. Thomas said that he had gone there with the boys. Subsequently he-saw them by his house, when they asked him to overlook it that time. (Yoss-examined by Mr. HoweJl-Everything was done quite openly. They looked quite homely at it. Thos. Edward Lewis said at once that they had had permission from the tenant. For the defence, Thos. Edward Lewis said that ho knew Mr. Rees, the tenant of Garreg-goch, who had been with him before. On the morning in question they called at his house but Rees was not in. Witness spoke to a woman whom he addressed as Mrs. Rees, and whom he asked for permission to go on the field. She said that if Rees had told them to go on the fields it was all right. They said they would go on the fields. near tho house until Mr. Rees came. After they saw the constable they met. Mr. Rees, who said that there was nothing in it, and that, they were foolish to have given their names, as the policeman had no business there, and that he (Mr. Rees) would see about it. They believed that Mr. Rees had a right to give them permission to go there, and that they were doing him a favour, as the place wast over-run with rabbits. Witness was a dog fancier, but was not in the habit of going after rabbits or game. They would not have gone near the place without permission. They instructed Mr. Howell the nrevtfous Thursday week. Cross-examined by Mr. White—A friend of theirs had seen Mr. Griffiths, solicitor, Ammanford, who had written an apology on their behalf to Mr. Drummond. Lord Cawdor's agent. They had no written authority, and Mr. Rees had told them that it was not necessary. Mr. Howell, in addressing the Bench, submitted that tho defendants' had tho permission of the tenant, who had asked Lewis to go there when he liked, and that. Lewis had written to sav that he was going there on that particular day. It was for the prosecution to prove a reservation of the game. There was nothing in law which required permission to be in writing where it was not shown that the game was expressly reserved. Mr. White submitted that it was not necessary that the defendants intended to have committed an offence to support a prosecution, and that permis- sion of a tenant, who had no right to give it, was no excuse. Defendants were each fined 10s. 6d. and costs. Mr. Drummond did not. sit on this case. The Court then rose.

CARMARTHEN BOROUGH

AMMANFORD

LLANDOVERY

CARMARTHEN BOARD OF GUARDIANS

Rural District Council.

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