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HOUSE-BREAKING AT GYFFYLLIOG.

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HOUSE-BREAKING AT GYFFYLLIOG. Thomas Jones. 19 years of age, was charged, in custody, with having, on the 30th of January, broken into and entered the dwelling house of one David Jones, farmer, Votty Braich Ddu, and stealing therefrom a gun, valued at f2, and a razor. Hannah Jones, wife of David Jones, said that on Saturday morning, she left the house and locked the door. When leaving, she saw the gun hanging in its usual place. On returning in the evening, she found the gun had gone. She saw the prisoner near the house in the course of the day, but was not close enough to see whether he had the gun in his possession. She identified the gun produced. P.C. Davies said that on Monday evening, the 1st inst., lie received information that some- body had entered the house called Votty Braich Ddu. On the following Wednesday, he went with Sergeant Woollam to Pengwyn, and had a conversation with the prisoner. He asked him where the gun and razor were, to which Prisoner replied that he had lost the razor, but said the gun was at his home at Penybryn. They asked him to accompany them there, but, before reaching the place, witness left the Ser- geant and prisoner, and went forward to get the gun. Prisoner's mother handed it to him. On the following day, he went to Votty to examine the place, and found that the window in the bed chamber which had been built up With sod, had been tampered with. There were signs that the sods had been removed. There 'Were no wooden frames to the window. Sergeant Woollam corroborated the evidence of last witness. Prisoner told him that the way got into the house was by removing the sods the window. He left the gun in an out-house until the next day. Prisoner was brought to Ruthin, tnd locked up. Before being placed in the cell, cartridges, shots, &c., were found in his pockets. Prisoner was then formally charged, and committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions, to be liolden at Denbigh, April 9th, the Clerk ad- vising the Magistrates that they had no alter- native but to commit, as the case wap such a serious nature. Sergeant Woollam said the boy's fSeller was in Court. While he was at Gyffylliog, he made inquiries as to the boy's antecedents, and also as to his parents. He found he was the eldest of six children, his father being a farm la- bourer. Prisoner would not stop in his places, and ran away, in consequence of which his father thrashed him most unmercifully—in fact, he was afraid to go home last week. The father was then put in the box, and asked whether he would become bail on behalf of prisoner He said he would, and the Bench decided to have two sureties in 910 each. Prisoner was removed in custody, until the bail was forthcoming. < THE TRAMP WAS DISGUSTED.' Thomas Mulligan, a cattle drover, of no fixed abode, was charged by P.C. Windsor, Llan- degla, with being drunk on the highway at Llandegla, on the 14i;h November, at ten o'clock in the evening. The officer stated that defendant was very drunk, and was cursing and swearing. He was so noisy that the tramp who accompanied him was disgusted (laughter). Fined 10s. and costs. DISGRACEFUL CONDITION OF A YOUNG WOMAN. SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE POLICE. Sarah Ann Jones, described as a married woman, and a native of Liverpool, was charged in custody by Sergeant Woollam, with having being drunk and disorderly in Llanfair Street, on the previous Saturday night. Sergeant Woollam said that, on Saturday night, at 12 p.m., he was standing near the Anchor Inn with P.C. Bythel. Their attention was attracted up Llanfair Street by a woman shouting. They went in that direction, and found prisoner standing by the door of a cot- tage. She was very drunk. He put some questions to her, but she would not answer, and told him to find out where she had come from. She was wet through, and evidently had been in the river. Her petticoats were on her arms, and they were wringing wet. He directed P. C. Bythel to take hold of her, but the moment he did so, she shouted I Murder,' dropped on the ground, and raised the street up. He un- derstood her husband was a hawker, and a native of Liverpool. They arrived in the town on Friday, and stayed at lodgings in Mwrog Street. They went there also on Saturday, but were too drunk to be taken in. A man who heard the woman shouting went to her, but received a smack in his face by her hus- band John Phillip Jones, blacksmith, who volun- teered himself as a witness, said that when he was going to bed on Saturday night, he heard cries of Murder, murder.' He opened the win- dow, and saw the poor woman (prisoner) being pulled about by P, C. Bythel. Witness shouted, v 'Don't hurt her,' to which Bythel replied/You mind your business and go to hell.' The Clerk Was it not Go to bed ?' Sergeant Woollam That is the more likely, j sir. f Witness: No, sir Go to hell' (laughter). They were hammering the poor woman awful. The Sergeant: Where was this woman ? Witness By the door. The Sergeant: Was she not 100 yards up the street? Witness: No. The Sergeant What were we doing when you saw us ? Witness: She was on the floor, and there were marks to be found afterwards. The Sergeant: Where were you? Witness Up stairs. The Sergeant: Then how do you know what took place ? Witness: Well, did I not open the window ? The Sergeant: Were the lamps lit ? Witness Yes, your lamps. The Sergeant: Were the street lamps lib ? Witness: No. The Sergeant: Was the moon shining ? Witness: No. The Sergeant Was it dark ? Witness: No, not very dark. The Sergeant: What did you see ? Witness I saw you and Bythel dragging her about, and there are more witnesses to prove this, too. The Sergeant Call them, call them. In reply to Mr. Lumley, witness said the struggle took place underneath his window. The Sergeant said he and Bythel were the only persons on the street until the woman be- gan to shout. Mr. Lumley Wa.s the woman screaming be- fore you got hold of her ? The Sergeant: She was shouting before we went to her, and when I told the officer to take her to the lock-up, she dropped on the floor, and shouted I Murder.' Mr. Lumley She was-shouting, and you con sidered that to be disorderly ? The Sergeant Yes Mr. Lumley Were there any other people in the street ? The Sergeant replied that the people came out to the street after the woman began to scream. There was no one when he found the prisoner shouting in the first instance. It was not by witness' house at all. Witness Yes, it was. Was I not looking at you all the time ? The Warden You have given your evidence. Go down, and hold your tongue. Robert Roberts; said he was in Llanfair Street on the night in question. It was rather too dark to see the woman. The Sergeant If you could not see, what are you doing here ? Witness But I could hear. I could hear your sticks going. I was standing opposite the White Bear gate, when Mr. Woollam and Bythel passed. Mr. Woollam was next to me. I said Good night' to them. They went along, and between the house of John Thomas Hughes ap.d another house, this poor woman was crying out 'Sam,' who was her husband, I believe. They (the police) went to her. I stopped in the same position as they saw me, and they in- quired who she was, and what her husband The Sergeant: You be careful what you say- Witness: l am careful. They (the police) said to her Come with us.' She was squealing, j and then their sticks were going. And another thing, I don't say but what they were drunk The Warden: Be careful now; did you say the Sergeant was drunk?, J Mr. Lumley No, the woman was drunk. *5 Witness: \es, sir, the woman. I did not say that both policemen were drunk too. John Phillip (the previous witness) was in his win- dow, from which he dropped. I The Sergeant: Did you see us going up Llan- fair Street? Witness Yes, I.did, and I said Goodnight' to you. r The Sergeant: And before we went up, you heard a woman shouting ? Witness; Yes, she shouted five or six times. The Sergeant: Did you see us start to take, her to the lock-up ? Witness: Yes, I did. The Sergeant: Did she walk quietly? Witness She squealed, and asked what she had done. had done. The Sergeant: Did she walk quietly ? Witness: It was too dark to see, but I could hear your sticks going. I have come to swear what I saw you doing. The Sergeant: What did you see if it was too dark ? Witness I have come to say what I heard. The Warden: What do you mean by saying that the siicks were going ? Witness They were abusing the woman. A Magistrate Whose sticks were going ? Witness The two policemen. The Sergeant: Were they going very hard? Witness: Yes, you, could hear them from the Railway Bridge. The Warden asked witness what he was doing out so late that night, to which he re- plied that he was partly undressed, and had gone out when he heard the shouting. The Sergeant said if he had known that this evidence was forthcoming, he could have placed Bythel in the witness box to give evidence, and also a member of the Town Council, who heard him asking the woman questions very civilly, and trying to know something about her. She would not give him any answer. Mr. Lumley (to the prisoner): Do you com- plain of the police having ar-used you? Prisoner I was very drunk, and do not re- member anything about it. Mr. Lumley: Were there any bruises about your body ? Prisoner Only a small mark. Mr. Lumley You do not think that the pol- ice abused you ? Prisoner I was too drunk, sir. The Sergeant said he should like to know whether prisoner's husband abused her that night ? The Bench said the question could not be put. The Warden, after consulting his colleagues, said that inasmuch as she had been in jail since Saturday night, the Bench would not punish her, if she agreed to leave the town. The prisoner agreed to do, and then left the dock. THE MILITARY BALL. Mr. C. D. Phillips, of the Spread Eagle Inn, applied for an occasional license for the forth- coming military ball, and to extend the time from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The Bench said from 9 to 3 would be quite sufficient Mr. Phillips then asked that it be granted from 9 to 4, the usual time, but this was re- fused, and an extension from 9 to 3 was granted.

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