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Carmarthen Borough Pol ce Crort. MONDAY.—Before the Mayor (Mr E A. Roger.;) Mr Thomas Thomas, Wellfield; and Mr James Davies, Redhelme. HIS THIRTIETH CONVICTION j Daniel Rae, of Mill street, was charged with being drunk and disorderly. P.C. Llewelyn said that at 11.20 p.n. on | the 24th inst., he was Oil the Square He i heard shouting in Mill street. There he found the defendant cursing and swearing and using obscene language. Defendant said that he was talking to his wife. P.S. Phillips said that there were 29 pre- vious convictions against the defendant He was also a black-lister. The Mayor said that the defendant would be fined 10s and costs, which was the .owest fine they could inflict, or 7 days impison- ment. BAD LANGUAGE IN THE PARK. John Jones, of Mill street was charged with having been drunk and disorderly on the 20th August. P.C. Llewelyn said that at 6.15 p.m. or the day in question, he found the defendant dmnk and shouting bad language at the top ot his voice. Defendant said that it had arisen because he had taken liis sister's part against his brother in law. The policeman came into the house. This was earlier in the day. in the Park he was coming from his work at the Gas-house. Defendant was fined 10s inclusive. ASSAULT ON AN ASYLUM PATIENT Joseph John Evans, late an attendant at the Joint Counties Asylum, was charged with ill-treating a patient.—Mr James John appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Lunacy Commissioners. Mr Thos. Walters appeared for the defence. Mr James John in opening the case said that it was bad enough for the poor patients to be confined in the asylum, even if they had the most humane and the most kind treat- ment and therefore if the Bench were satis- fied that the offence had been committed, they would inflict an exemplary penalty. Thomas Evans, deputy charge attendant of Ward No. 1 said: I have been seven years in the service of the Asylum, and have held my present post three and a half years. On Fri- day, the 1st July, 1 was supervising the bath- ing of the patients at No. 2 ward. The bath room is seven yards by four, with four baths in it. On this day there was a patient William Thomas, who was being bathed by attendant T. J. Jones. Defendant was in charge of the next bath No. 3. It was no part of defendant's duty to interfere with the patients in No. 4 bath which was in charge of T, J. Jones. 1 saw defendant go from his own bath, and hit the patient Wm. Thomas on the nose. He hit him with his fist twice. I was standing at the door between the bath room and the adjoining lavatory. The patient was in a stooping position, one hand on the left side of the bath, the other on the window sill. I don't believe he said anything. I went up to him; I found that he was bleeding from a cut on the nose and was also bleeding through the nostrils. With the assistance of T. J. Jones, I put the patient back in the bath, bathed his nose till the blood ceased running; he was afterwards taken owt, wiped and dressed, and taken back to M.2 ward. While we were wiping him he was erying; he is an epileptic patient. 1 spoke to defendant about hitting the patient that was" after the patient was bathed. That was a few minutes afterwards. It did not take long to stop the bleeding; it was a small cut. When I spoke to Evans, he took it in a surprised way, as if he knew nothing about it. This patient was rather stubborn in getting out of the bath. The patient is a middle-aged man. Cross-examined by Mr T. Walters: At the entrance to the room I was examining the patients to see if there were any sores or bruises on them. It is usually Mr Ben Thomas' (the head attendant's) duty to exa- | mine the patients so; but he had temporarily | delegated it to me. I was not out of the bath room for a time. If any others say that I was out at the time, they are telling what is untrue. I do not remember whether the patient jtfassett was there at the time. I had occasion to go out, but not at this time. It took an hour and three quarters to bathe 70 patients, taking four at a time. William Williams could have seen this very well; he was in a position to see. He was nearer than I was. Mr Walters: Are you jealous of this man ? Witness: Not at all, sir. Had you ever had a little dispute with'him about a fortnight before this?—Nothing what- ever sir. Did you have a talk with him about a girl? —No, sir. Were you and he fond of the same girl?— Not to my knowledge. Do you really mean to say that ?—I do, sir. Didn't you have a talk with him about one of the girls who is an attendant there?—Yes, and I have talked with him about the girls there, not any particular one. 1 don't kaow who you are alluding to. Did you talk about them all?—I have spoken to him about different nurses there. Can you give me the names of one or two perhaps we shall hit on the right one? Mr James John: Isn't it fairer that my friend should mention the name of the girl instead of going through them all? f Mr Walters 1 think it is a great compli- ment to the girls." 1 don't think there is any objection to mentioning her name. Weren't you and he fond of Florrie Morgan?—I can- not say sir. Perhaps you can answer for yourself?—I was in that girls company two years ago; 1 have discontinued ever since. Has he been sinceP-I cannot say about that. Cross-examined by Mr Walters, said that when he went ifJ see Mr John he told Thomas Rice "Mind you say that I was in the bath room at the time." Thomas Royce, an attendant, gave corro- borative evidence. There was no remark made by anybody when the blow was struck. He would swear that the patient did not have a short fit and knock his nose against the bath. He^ would easily know if a patient had a fit. If r. Evans said that he had said "Mind tell that I was in the bath room," he was tell- ing an untruth. David Davies, formerly of Llanelly, said that he had been for seven years a patient at the Asylum. He had been for two years help- ing to wipe the patients in the bath room. Asked by the Clerk what he had seen: "I saw Mr Evans give him a clout because he was a bit stubborn getting out of the bath, I don't think he meant to hurt the patient. A clout will do good occasionally. 1 have had a clout myself, and I have given a clout. The Clerk: There are a good many at large not as sane as this fellow. Witness: 1 had a worse clout once or twice myself; but I did not cry. The Clerk Did he strike him more than one blow?—I do not think it is necessary to say anything more. It is necessary.—I am not bound to say yes, and 1 am not bound to say no. Do you know whether Evans saw the blow struck?—I don't know; I am very sorry I saw it myself. Mr Walters: You have been examined by Dr Goodall ? • Witness: Yes. Do you think you are bound to tell the truth to him.(Not to him in particular more than to anybody else. Did you say anything?—No. Didn't you think it serious?—I would have thought it more serious if I had had the blow myself. I would not have pressed the case if I had had the blow. Mr T. Walters in his address for the defence said that he agreed with what Mr John had said as to the necessity of protecting the patients; but there was another class who ought to be protected, and that is the attend- ants. This offence was alleged to have taken place on the 1st July. Defendant first heard of it on the 2nd July, when he was suspended. On the 27th July he received a letfer from the Medical Supt. requesting him to attend the following day, which was the day of the quarterly meeting of the Committee. He was not asked to attend before the Committee to give any explanation whatever. The matter was decided from an outside point of view, and he was dismissed. That was a very extra- ordinary proceeding. Mr John said that if Mr Walters was allowed to make these statements, he must ask for an opportunity to contradict them. Mr Walters It is a fact; he was not asked to attend before the Committee. Mr James John The Committee has noth- ing to do with it. Mr Walters: The committee ought to have initiated proceedings; their Clerk if they had instructed him could have taken these pro- ceedings. They did not do anything of the kind. I suppose, with their authority, the man was dismissed. Mr James John Not with their authority, Mr Walters said that it was a rule when an attendant was dismissed summarily that the matter had to be reported to the Lunacy Commissioners. If the attendant had a month's notice, it would not have been neces- sary to report the matter. The Asylum Com- mittee had never heard of the thing except in a one-sided way. They had heard lately of men being convicted Avrongfully, and in deal- ing with this case, they would find that they would have great responsibility in deciding it. Thomas John Jones said: I have been an attendant since the 25th April. I was attend- ing to this man. J. J. Evans did not strike him. Nobody struck him. His nose bled. He was very much like as if he had had a fit when he came out of the bath. He looked as if he was getting up from a fall, with one hand on the ledge of the window, and one on ¡ the edge of the bath. 1 did not see it happen. I was looking out of the window at a patient outside. Then i saw Evans coming in through the door. Mr James Davies said that he ought to have been looking after the patients, and not I through the windalv 01" at the door. Cross-examined I heard a scream behind me I cannot say from whom it came. I did not turn round when I heard it. William Williams, an attendant, gave similar evidence. Thomas Bassett, another patient, was called. Asked if he lived in the Asylum, he said "Oh, yes, I'm one of the eonvicts." He went on to say that he had had to undergo an operation ? The Clerk Are you cleair in the head now ? Witness Oh, yes there has never been any- thing wrong in our family. Did he say who knocked him?—He might say I did it. He is not right in the head. Defendant was sworn and gave evidence. He said that he saw the patient fall down in the bath—probably he had a slight fit. Evans asked him afterwards" Did you hit that patient. ) Mr Walters put in the letter of Dr Goodall asking the defendant to call on the day of the Committee at 1.1.3 p.m. Mr James John said that this had nothing to do with the case. Mr Walters said that the Committee had control in dismissing the attendants. Mr James John: They have not. Mr Walters Why was this man asked to attend at 1.15 p.m. on the committee day. The Clerk: The fact probably is that Dr Goodall brought the matter before the Com- mittee the Committee did not want to have anything to do with it, and threw it back in Dr Goodall's hands. Defendant said that Evans had a spite against him, and had said that he would be "level with- him" for coming up with a girl one night. The Bench convicted, and fined defendant the lowest penalty in their pOWCl"-£2. TilE BISHOPS' PALACE IN DANGER. George Rae, of Mill street and Thoma:, Thomas, an excursionist .rom the Swansea ¡ Valley, Mere charged with being drunk and disorderly.—P.C. Llewelyn found them drunk at G.30 p.m. 011 Saturday night. Rae asked the Bench not to send him to prison, as he had a job at the Bishop's Palace.—The Bench fined him 10s "and costs.

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