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Trial of Prisoners. !


Trial of Prisoners. I A BAD CASE. Emma. Hutchings, 29, was charged with f. loniously stealing a set of furs, a. silk dress, a silk petticoat, a brown skirt, a man's jacket, a pair of breeches, a mirror, a clothes brush, a I mailcart, together of a value of £19, tho pro- perty of Thomas Finucane, on the 28th Decem- ber at Merthyr, and also with stealing a lady's I jacket, an umbrella, and a pair of gloves, the property of Mary Davies on the 28th I of December. — St. John Francis Wil- liams (instructed by Mr. J. F. Thomas) prosecuted. — The case was fully re- ported a month ago.—Mr. and Mrs. Finucane went away for their Christmas holidays, and upon returning the articles were missed. The prisoner was seen a.t the General Picton Inn with a parccl on the 28th December, and when she left ? piece of paper containing the prose- cutor's name, was found on the floor. This the landlord gftve to Mr. Finucane.—Prisoner denied having the goods at the General Pic- ton.—Emily IKdwards, living at Daniel's lodg- ing-house. n'nd that the prisoner came to the lodging-ohuse^ with some of the goods named. Prisoner tok; her she was an actress.—P.S. Hunter proved the arrest.—The Recorder re- viewed the evidence, and the jury considered their verdict.—The foreman said the jury found that the prisoner was in possession of stolen property, but there was no evidence that she committed a burglary — The Clerk of the Peace said there war, a count charging prisoner with receiving the goods knowing them to have been stolen. and the jury returned a ver- dict of guilty on that charge.—Prisoner denied having been convicted at Bristol for felony.— Detc.-Inspector White, Bristol Police Force, said the prisoner was in August last sent to prison for three, months for theft, when she then admitted previous convictions.—Prisoner I didn't admit, anything of the sort. How dare y»o say such a thing?—Witness further said that- she had lived an immoral life.—Prisoner: Ciix. you liar; yes, you are.-The Inspector •-aid prisoner was a married woman living apart from her husband; at Bristol she lived with a navvy.—Prisoner You are a liar.—The Re- corder said this was a very bad case. Prisoner had been convicted several times, but imprison- ment had not cured her of thieving propensi- ties. He commtited her to prison with hard labour for three months. THREE MONTHS FOR STEALING. Mary Murphy, hawker, and Emily West were charged with stealing a pair of boots, value 18s. 6d., the property of James Baker and Co., Ltd., Merthyr, on the 10th March, a child's frock, value 2; 3d., the property of John Thos. Bón1:J at Merthyr, and also a skirt, value 16: lM.V"the property of Mary'Evans," Water- loo House, Merthyr, on the 10th March.—Mr. Wilfred Lewis instructed by Mr. A. J. Daniel) prosecuted.—Evidence was given that the pri- soners went to Waterloo House, and asked to see some skirts. West left the shop, then re- turned, and the women said the skirts were too dear. Later on the skirt was missed.—Later on the skirt was handed to the police by the landlady of the Rheola Arms.—The charge of stealing boots was then gone into.—Harry Find- lav. assistant at Messrs. Baker's shop, said the prisoner came to the shop on the 10th March, and asked to see ladies' boots. While they were there witness noticed that the lid of a box had been disturbed, and found that a pair of boots was missing. He pulled back the shawl which Murphy wore, and saw she had a pair of gent's boots under her arms, the boots taken from this particular box.—P.C. Harold Jenkins who was called to the shop, arrested the defend- ants. At the police station the defendants squabbled, and it then transpired that the skirt had been stolen.—Previous convictions were proved against both prisoners, and they were sent to prison for three months with hard la- bour. A WINDOW SMASHER. Michael Flynn (40), labourer, pleaded guilty to unlawfully, wilfully, and maliciously damag- ing a plate-glass window, value £7, the pro- perty of Charles Edward Longstaff, of Tno Penny Bazaar, Graham-street on April 5th.— Prisoner, who deliberately kicked in the win- dow, pleaded that he was drunk at the time.— The Recorder said he had been convicted for a similar offence at Wigan, and he must bo cured of the habit. He passed sentence of two months, with hard labour. ADJOURNED TILL NEXT COURT. Thomas Brown, 63, described as a weaver, was charged with stealing six bottles or liquor and two pounds of tobacco from the Treharris Conservative Club, on the 16th January.—At the police court the prisoner was charged with breaking and entering, but the jury found there was no true bill on that count.—Mr. J. Gaskeli (instructed by Mr. J. A. Daniel) appeared to prosecute; Mr. Stanley Griffith J ones (in- structed from the dock) was for the prisoner. —Mr. Jones objected to the case being heard. The prisoner was, he said, brought up at the police court upon this charge, and was discharg- el for want of evidence. He, therefore, con- tended that the prisoner could not be charged again.—After argument, the case was adjourn- ed till next court, accused being let out oa bail. THEFT AT TREHARRIS. May Williams (33), charwoman, was charged with stealing a, shirt, value l03- the property of Agnes Bowen, and also with stealing wear- ing apparel, two. sheets, a towel, a brush and comb. and a thimble, value £3, the property of William White, Cobden Cottage, Quakers' Yard.—Mr, D. Rowland Thomas (instructed by Mr. J. A. Daniel) prosecuted.—MIB. White said that the prisoner lodged at her house, and on the llth March she left the house. Later on witness's little girl brought a note from the prisoner home to Mrs. Bowen, who lived in the same house, in which were two pawn-tioekte for some of the articles named.— Abel Hermer, pawnbroker, Perrot-street, Tre- harris, said that on the llth March prisoner pledged some of the goods at his father's shop; and John Williams, assistant to Otto Faller, pawnbroker, Pontypridd, said other goods were pledged with him by the prisoner.—In her de- fence, prisoner said the goods were given her to pledge.—The jury having found prisoner guilty, evidence was given that she was a I married woman living apart from her husband. —There was a warrant for prisoner's arrest for stealing goods a.t Cardiff, value £14, and the prisoner elected to have this charge taken into consideration in the sentence.—The Recorder sent her to prison for two months, with hard I labour. TREHARRIS CASE DISMISSED. Jaoob Williams, collier, Treharrie, surrender- ed to his bail, charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Thomas Bowden, a haul- ier, on the 1st of January.—Mr. St. John Fran- cis Williams (instructed by Mr. J. W. Lewis) was for the prosecution; defendant defended himself, and contended that what he did was done in self-defence.—Prosecutor said the de- done in self-defence.—Prosecutor said the de- 'I fendant and his wife had lodged at his house. On the 10th December he told them they must I leave, and. on the night in question defendant came to the kitchen, asked what lie had been saying about him, and struck witness a blow in ,the mouth. Witness was then sitting in the armchair, and he made his way out of the kitchen as soon as he could, defendant striking him several other severs blows.—Witness was cross-examined by the defendant, and he denied striking the first blow.—Margaret Janes, house- keeper 1;(}, prosecutor, gave corroborative evi- dence.—Dr. McKenzie Crooks said he found a gaping wound on the prosecutor's mouth. It might have been caused by a severe blow with the fist.—P.JB. Dove said he arrested the de- fertdant, who said, "I hit him in self-defence." —Defendant said that on the night in question his wif. was ill in bed, and he took home to her oranges and bananas, and also some nuts for himself. His wife told him what she had overheard Mrs. Jones tel! Bowden, and he went downstairs and asked prosecutor what he meant. He denied having said anything about refusing to allow the witness to take away his furniture to another house. Witness's wife came down in her night-dress, and said, "He is a liar," and the prosecutor rushed at her with his fist clenched. Witness pushed him down in the chair. In the scuffle, witness struck him on the side of the cheek. "He could see he oould not get his own back," said the defendant, "so he ran to the polios-sta- tion."—Mrs. Jones also gave evidence.—The Recorder reviewed the case it great length, and the jury returning a verdict of "Not guilty," accused was discharged. TREHARRIS SHOP ASSISTANT IN TROUBLE. At Mertbyr Police Court on Friday, Gordon F. Edwards, single man, defended by Mr. W. R. Edmunds, was charged with embezzling various sums of money belonging to his employer, Pd. John Williams, wholesale provision merchant, The People'3 Market, Fox-street, Treharris.— Mr. W. W. Meredith appeared to prosecute.— William Price, run., Imperial Grocery Stores, Bodlinog, said hia father had dealt with Mr. Williams, and he produced a book showing the account between them, which was entered up by the prisoner. On September 6th, prisoner was and he entered the payment in the book. On January 17th prisoner received B2) which he reoeipted in the same book. Prosecutor said the prisoner was employed by him as canvasser and collector for the first three days in the week, and as a shop assistant ■on the other days. He received 28s. a week ahd travelling expenses. He was in his employ three years. On September 6th prisoner en- i terccl on the day book that he had received £5. and not £ 6, from Mr. Price. On January 17th i did 8gS for recced [ from Mr. Price. Prisoner left his service with- out notice on Easter Tuesday, and witness had since discovered that, this money was paid to him. On January 3rd, Mrs. 'Llewellyn, grccer, Bedlinog, paid prisoner .Ell 125., and he ac- counted for only £ 10. On February 28th Mrs. Llewelyn paid him £ 15, and he accounted for £.14. On March 7th, Mrs. Llcwe!yn paid him £20. and he accounted for only £19 10s. Thcra were other similar cases, and receipt books had been tampered with. He discovered de- fedcations to the extent of about £ 50.—In cross- examination, witness said the prisoner was supposed to deduct his expenses from his daily takings.—Mr. Edmunds,,examined witness as to who besides himself and prisoner had access to his' books.—"No one," declared the prosecu- tor.—"Does not your wife have access to the books?" asked the advocate.—'I haven't pot wife," replied the witness, laughter Later on, Mr. Edmunds objected to Mr. Mere- dith interrupting during his cross-examination, and said, "Are you magistrate, solicitor, tho Bench, and the Court.?"—Mrs. Llewelyn, ?ro- cer, Bedlinog, produced her receipts.—Joseph Robert Parry, grooer. Mount Pleasant, Bed- linog, produced his account books showing that he had paid the prisoner money.—P.C. Stubbs ■said he received prisoner on April 2nd from the Pontypridd police. —Prisoner was commit- ted for trial at the Quarter Sessions. He plead- ed not guilty, and reserved his defence. Bail was refused. Gordon Frederick Edwards was brought up at the Merthyr Quarter Sessions on Tuesday, and pleaded guilty.—Mr. Hugh Jones (instruc- ted by Mr. W R. Edmunds) appeared for the defence, and made a strong appeal on the pris- oner's behalf.—Mr. Harris (Messrs. W. Harris, grooer) said the prisoner was in his firm's em- ploy for eight years, and gave every satisfac- tion. He had since worked for Lipton's and at Bell's Stores.—Mr. Jones said the prisoner's uncle, who was in a good position at Ponty- pridd, was prepared to give him employment, and he asked that prisoner be treated under the Probationers' Act.—The Recorder said the prisoner had no intention of leading a career of crime. He asked where Edwards was brought up.—Prisoner: At Pontypridd, and I went to the school there, and afterwards at Pengam.—The Reoorder addressed the prisoner, and bound him over to be of good behaviour, in one surety of and told him to report himself to the court in twelve months' time.

Gellygaer .Sensation.



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