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Fatal Fight at Ystradgynlais COLLIER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER. DECEASED MAN A NATIVE OF DOWLAIS. A serious affray, resulting fatally, occurred at Ystradgynlais on Monday afternoon be- tween two collier?- About half-past four the row started outside the Mason's Arms. A collier, named John Williams, 37, of Cardigan- row, a native of Dowlais, appeared to have engaged in a fight with an antagonist, and a couple of men who saw the fight state that Williams wa< struck several blows, one forcing his head against a wall, and another being received over the region of the heart. He im- mediately collapsed, and on being picked up it was found that he was dead. The affray 'was witnessed by very few persons. The man alleged to be conc3rned did not attempt to escape, and Sergeant Jarrett, of Ystradgynlais, very shortly afterwards arrett- ed him in the Mason's' Arms. He was a colliet named Gwilym Jones, 43, whom the policy charged with manslaughter. He is a married man with five children, and lives in Susannah-street, Cwmtwrch. Dr. Walsh, who examined the bodv of the deceased, could not find any external marh of injury. It is stated that a few blows were struck, and that Williams staggered and fell and died immediately. Information was given to the police, and the body was taken to the Masons' Arms. Deceased it is said, suffered from heart disease. Two cyclists, named John Edward Cox and Thomas Rich- ards, both of Ystalyfera, saw deceac-sd in the fight. Deceased was a native of Dowlais. INQUEST AND VERDICT. At Ystradgynlais Police Station (Swansea I Valley) on Tuesday, Coroner Dr. W. R. Jones, of Brecon, held an inquiry into tire death of Williams.—Rees Thomas, a young collier, said that at 4 o'clock on Monday he and a friend cycled up Gored-road, towards Ystradgynlais. when they saw the prisoner Jones and dc- ceasixL Another man held the prisoner, who wanted to fight deceased. Witness afterwards went up the road, and met the men running down. Witness and his friend saw deceased on the ground, and the prisoner and two other men walking away. Deceased was lying on his back. He was not dead then. Deceased said something, in reply to a question, which, witness did not understand. When he first* passed deceased was frightened, for lie was "slinking" away from prisoner. He heard one of the men with the prisoner say, "Got up, Jack; you ain't knocked out yet. I'll back you up." The Coroner: Did you tell the police-ser- geant yesterday that prisoner said, "Let the b- lie there until a motor car runs over him" ?—No. Are you quite sure?—Yes. Prisoner walked away without offering any help tc the dia. ceased. Gwilym Morgan, a boy of 14, said he saw two men fighting. Prisoner was hitting de- ceased on the chest. Deceased's head went against the waU, and as he got up prisoner again hit him in the stomach, and he fell on his back. The witness added that so far as he could see it was a regular fight between the two men. Thomas Jones, Susannah-street. Cwmtwrch. collier, said that he, William EdwaTdj, and prisoner were at the Ynyscedwyn Arms. They went from there towards the Masons' Arms. When hajfway down they met deceased, who asked prisoner, "How are you, Gwilym, you coward?" and with that gave prisoner a blow. Prisoner hit him back, and deceased fell on his back on the road. The Coroner: You only say a blow?—Wit- ness: Well, two or three, no more. That was all that passed. I went to pick de- ceased up. but not receiving any answer I felt him there and we went down to the Masons. I was a little under the influence of drink, so also was William Edwards and the prisoner. We had drinks afterwards in the Masons. The Coroner: Did you speak about it in the M asons ?—No. Did you know deaceased was dead? Yes; somebody told us. I heard the sergeant speaking to prisoner, but did not give any in- formation. The Coroner: Do you not consider it a most shameful thing to do to leave a man dead on the road and not to volunteer a statement when you knew all about it? William Edwards, Cwmtwrch, gave similar evidence, adding that he only saw two blows given. He went away a short way and then returned to pick deceased up. He thought deceased was only stunned at the time. William Edwards, re-called, said he held pris- oner after he had received a blow from de- ceased. Prisoner broke from him and g&ve him a blow, from which deceased fell. Sergt. Jarrett said that when charged, the prisoner (Jones) made the following statement: Sergt. Jarrett said that when charged, the. prisoner (Jones) made the following statement: -"I met John Williams, the deceased, about mid-way between the Masons and the Ynys- cedwyn Arms. I was going towards home, and Williams was coming to meet me. I asked him what was the reason he called me a b about public houses. Williams then struck me at once. I did the best I could afterwards, and he fell, but not with my blow. Williams was drunk and if he was soblr this wouJd not have occurred, and I left him lying on the road and went away." The sergeant add- ed he had ngt reeeived any assistance from the witnesrses. Dr. WaJsh, Ystradgynlais, said he made a post-mortem examination in company with Dr. Riordon. The cause of death was syncope.- The Coroner: Was the death due to a natural cause?—I cannot say. The Coroner: We have had a post-mortem examination, and you are asked here to help the jury.—Witness replied that it wa, impos- sible for any man to find the cause of death if it was due to syncope caused by excite- ment. Would any violence accelerate death?—Yes, and excitement and death might be due to either or both. The Coroner, in summing up, aid if this had been an accidental occurrence, it might have been expected the men chiefly concerned would have been ready to explain the matter, but their conduct was against, them. He thought, the cause of death should have been found. If the prisoner had accelerated death, then they would find prisoner guilty of manslaugh- [ ter, and death from syncope could be acceler- ated either from violence or excitement. If the jury came to a conclusion apainst prisoner Jones, then they could not help finding against Thomas Jones and William Edwards as acces- sories. The jury found that the blow sriven bv Gwilym Jones was the cause of Williams" death. and that Thomas Jones and William Edwards were accessories after the fact.—The tliree men. were committed to the next Brecon Assizes.


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