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DEATH OF ELLIS JONES. ALLEGED MANSLAUGHTER. Considerable stir was caused in the town on Sun- lay evening by the nswi that Ellis Jones, driver, j, Maiue-I .rrdC, had rlied. It will be remembered hat on Tuesday week another driver employed Atth JOOd; at the Lion Hotel, named Ralph Klaydes, was charged with having committed rievols b Jdily harm to the former on August 18th toil ws remanded, being released on bail. On ecdving toe news of the death, P.S. Williams obtained a warrant for the arrest of Blaydes which tie effected at his residence, Plasbach, Dyffryn, ibout eight o'clock and Blaydes was brought to the Police Station and locked up. INQUEST. The inquest touching the death of Ellis Jones, 7, Marine-tcirace, aged forty-six, was held at the Police Station oa Mm lay afternoon by Mr W. R. Davies, corouer, and a jury composed of the following John Evan.,4, foreman 0.. W. Morris, Evan Richards, Thomas Martin Williams, John Gladstone Robert;, Roberc Lewis, Lewis Owen Evans, Hugh Evan Will ams, Dd. Ellis Davies, John Pryce lones, H. Wynn WiUiam", W. O. Williams, Wm. Jones, ard Benjamin Wiilidms. The Coroner intimated that he only intended calling foi ii-ial evidence of identification of the body of the dec a?ed and adjourn the inquest till 10 30 m. uext 'day. The jury having viewed the boly, P.S. Williams was called and pave evidence identifying the body is that of Ellis Jones. He further stated that he had taken Ralph Blaydes, driver, Piasbach, bytfryn, into custody on the charge of having caused the death of deceased. The inquest wa-j then adjourned. TUESDAY'S PROCEEDINGS. ACCUSED COMMITTED FOR MANSLAUGHTER. TIl iuquest was resumed on Tuesday morning at tne Police Station. Caief Ci nstable Major Best and Superintendent Jones weie in attendance. Ralph B aydes was brought into Court in the cus- tody of P.S. Wiil-ams. Mr R. Guthrie Jones, Dolgelley, watched the proceedings on behalf of the police and Mr G. W. Pybu3 on behalf of the Ocean Insurance Company, with whom deceased's life was insured against ac- cident'. John Roberts, Silcam, driver, was the fir.3t wit ness called. He said he knew the deceased, Ellis Jones, aud.Ralph Blaydes. He (witness) had the charge of the SL ibles of the Lion Hotel and these two men were employed as drivers there. He re- membered going in o the yard on August ISth and seeing deceased on the grouud. Blaydes was stand- ing beside him. D.-cea-ed a tempted to rise and he (witness.) as-isted him. Ralph Blaydes then struck deceased. Deceased did not fall this time, but witness released his hold of him and Blaydes a^ain struck hiin. Deceased fell down, striking his head against the pavenieut. A stranger appeared and he and the latter lifted him up. Blaydes did not aft:rwa:ds stiik-j him. Deceased was conscious and WJS able to speak. There was a cut on the back of his head which bled profusely. Deceased sat iu tie yard for a shott time before Dr Lloyd clime. Could not say what had occurred between deceased aud BlaycUs. Neither of them told him at tne time what had happened. He could not say where Blaydes struck deceased. He did not see dtcaserl strike Blaydos nor do anything to him. The Coroner Were there words between them? — I know they did not agree very well. Yes; but on this occasion did you hear any words between them -Xo, I did not take any notice. You (lid not hear dec^sed threaten Blqydes ?- No. \Ya3 deceased sober?—I cannot say. It is likely that both had had some drink. TLat was not my question. Could you see the effect of drink on him?—I did not notice anything wrong. \Yitness. when pressed by the Coroner, would sAy neitner one thing nor the otner and the Coroner said if he thongnt witness was trying to conceal what lie knew in any way he would send him to gad. Witness siid deceased did nothing to muke him think there was anything out of place. The Coroner Do you say you cannot say whether he was under the influence of drink or not or that yell will not say —I cannot s',y. Witness w¡¡s then aslied whether Blaydes was in drink and began to be,itate, whereupon the Coroner said if witness did not answer the ques- tions t) him straightforwardly he was liable to be sent t) gaol Would he say the SAme as he siid of deceased, that he a'i unable to say whe'herhe was iu driuk or not ? Witness Yes. Continuing his evidence, witness said both the in^u had been out that day, but eadi in different directions. This affair happened about seven in the evening. By jurymen: The chir-a banes driven by the men ca ne back about six. He (witness^ was back- and-foiv in tne yard between six aud seven. Tbe Cil Oil, C Did you ask Ellis Jones how much drink he had had at all ?—No, there was no talk about it at all. Mr John Evaus Did you tell Blaydes not to strike decsased ?—Yes. The CL roner; And he struck him after that ?- Yes. Jacob Davies, Doctor's buildings, gardener, said he was in the Lion Hotel yard on August 18th about seven o'clock. He saw deceased and Ralph Blaydes there, He saw Blaydes strike deceased who fell down. Deceased got up and went up to Ralph, who said "Shut your mouth and let me alone." Deceased was not in a fighting attitude. Ralph Blaydes struck him again. Deceased received the first blow on his chest and the second on lii, face. With the second blow deceased fell with his head against the pavement. Between the first and the second blow, John Roberts caught hold of deceased. A good deal of blood ran from a wound on the back of deceased's head. A cyclist came forward and, with John Roberts, raised deceased from the ground. Tne cyclist "aid to Blaydes "You have killed the man." He only saw two blows struck. Mr J. G. Roberts Did deceased provoke Blaydes to strike him ?—No. The Coroner Deceased did not put himself into a fighting attitude ?—No. Was Ellis Jones sober or drunk ?-He had had drink. Was he sober?—No. Was Blaydes drunk ?-He had some drink, but he was better than deceased. Deceased was more under the influence of drink. Blaydes being asked whether he had any ques- tions to ask, asked John Roberts whether he saw deceased trying to prevent him from taking a mare out. Witness said he saw deceased stopping Blaydes from taking one of the four horses wnich were under his charge. Blaydes wanted to take the horse out in the bus. This would be about ten minutes to seven. The Coroner It was from this that the quarrel arose ?—Yes, but I did not see more than this, as I went to put the harness on another horse. Blaydes (to witness); You had given orders that I should have this horse ?—Yes. The Coroner Until deceased objected ?—Yes. Bhydes: Did you hear me tell Ellis Jones to be quiet ? Witness replied that he had some time before this. Further pressed by the Coroner, witness eaid he heard Blaydes tell deceased to be silent. Blaydes Did you hear me tell him that I did not want to bother with him ? Witness I did not listen to what either of you said. I did not want to hear you quarrel. Blaydes ask-d witness whether he (Blaydes) had not gone out of deceased's way one night to avoid a quarrel. Witness said the men were often quarrelling. Tne Coroner Well, did you hear either of them threatening the other ?-No, I did not listen to what they were saying. Blaydes Did you hear him threaten to hold my head in the tub of water ?-No. Blaydes Did you here me tell you that he had said so ?-No. Blaydes then asked the same question to the second witness, who replied in the negative. Edward Evans, Sdoam-btiildiogs, a driver of cart", stated that he was in the yard when this affair happened. He tsaw Blaydes strike deceased. He (witness) was at the time c-Trying wat^r for the horses. Deceased fell to toe ground. John Roberts assisted him to his feet and Blaydes again struck deceased in the face causing him to fall on his back. John Roberts and another 11m raided him off the ground. B ith m 11 were the in- fluence of drink. Deceased did uot attempt to strike Blaydes. Mr J. G. Roberts Row many ti nes did you see Blaydes strike him ?—Twice. I reply to the Coroner, witness siid he did not see anything in Blaydes's hand. Dr Hugh James Lloyd, Barmouth, said he was called to deceased shortly after seven on August ISth and saw him in the yard of the Ba k Lion. Deceased was sitting down in the coach shed. He was bleeding from a wound at the back of the head. It was on the right side of the back of tile head. It wis a lacerated vertical wound, abonc an inch in length. The appearance was con-istent with the statement that it was caused by deceased falling and striking his head against the side of the pave- ment. He dressed the wound at toe yard and m about half-an-hour 01 so deceased was brought into his surgery bleeding considerably. He dres-ei the wound again and treated d»c ased. He attended deceased up to the time of his death on Sundav. Deceased died about seven o'clock ou Sunday, at 7, Marine-terrace. Detth occurred from sep'ic meningitis which occurred in consequence of the wound in the h-ad. Erysipelas had se* in but had suciumbed to treatment and deceased recovered from that. The distant cause of death was the wound in the head, which affected the hrain. hde a post-mortem examination by directim of the .Coroner on the pre-ious evening, in company wito Dr Hugh Jones. He was present when deceased's dying depositions wu-e taken. Deceased knew at the time he was in danger of death. Did not remember the details of the statement. Heard him say that Blaydes struck him till he fell and that the wound was caused in toat way. When he visited deceased in the Lion, he was part'y stunned and he (witness) could not s.Ly whether he was drunk. Asked him how much cknk he had had and he replied that he hd had thre glasses of of beer while out for the day. Ellis Jones was a healthy subject. He (witness) had never attended him for anything serious. Dr Hugh Jones, Dolgelley, state 1 that he made a post-mortem examination of deceased's body. There were traces of decomposition 'n certain parts of the body. Apart from the br.inrhe prin- cipal organs were structurally healthy, but were all more or less iu a state of conges- tion. The vortex and the membraoe of the brain were in a state of infi .mmation, particularly the posterior portion which c responded with the wound. The wound was at th back of tne head and was a lacerated wound an inch long and al- most vercical. There was no fracture of the skull, but a collection of pus was found under the scalp three inches below and to ths right of the wound. The cause of death undoubtedly was septic menin- gitis arising from a septic cause. He could not swear absolutely to it, but his opinion was that it arose from the absorptiou of septic poisoning in connection with the wound on the head, inasmuch as after careful search he coald fi id nothing which would account for the s-pt c condition of be brain except that wound. Of course, it was possible that a scratch might have giveu ri-e to this, but after careful search they did not find one. He was fortified in his opinion that the wound was the cause by the presence of the small quantity of pus at the spot mentioned. The Coroner then summed up and having epito- mised the evidence given, said it was perfectly clear that if the death of Ellis Jones arose out of th wound on the heal no words which the latter might have made use of nor any provocation in words or otherwise would justify Blaydes in strik- ing him. It was char also that when dea'h was caused by a blow delivered in a figr.t, toe person who administered the b'ow was guity of the offence of manslailgilter. If Blaydes La i used an instrument—and the question was asked whether that was so-it would have been his (the Coroner's) duty to ask them to commit him for a still more serious crime. Howevtr, that hart not been sug- gested. In conclusion, he sa d it would be the duty of the petry jury at the as.7, to s -tisfy themselves after the cross-exam mat ion ot t ie medical men as to whether death was brought on by the blow and it wa< not their duty that day t make an exhaustive i-nqu ry into tnat. After a short deliberation in private, the jury returned a verdict to the fleet that Ellis Jones died from blood-poisoning arising from a wound on the head and that this was caused by Ralph Blaydes without intention to kill him. Blaydes was then committed for tritl at the Ruthin Assizes upon a charge i f manslaughter, the Coroner stating that in view of toe st- of the case and the flct that t'le assizes would be held at the end of the month, he did not feel justi- fied in allowing itn bail. The funeral of Ellis Jon-3 o,k place 011 Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended. Tne inter- 'ment was at Llanaber Churchyard. D?ceased leaves a wife and four children v.,itli whom gr at sympathy is felt in their Pad bereavement On Wednesday the accused was brought before' W. -J. Morris, Esq., on the charge of mans'aughter. —Mr Guthrie Jon-s, solicitor, Dol*«'-ley, acted for the police and Mr R. Joues Griffith, solicitor, Dolgelley, watched the ca-e 011 behalf i»f the accused. —The evidence at the inquest was gone through.— P.S. Williams said he arrested accused at DyffVyu on Sunday evening on.the charge of manslaughter. Accused sa d he had nothing to say in addition to wh-.t he had said b;fo-c when he arrested him on tbe ïth lor inflicting grievous bodily harm to Ellis Jones. The accused's, statement then wts He (meaning Ellis Jones) had threatened me and said he would put my [¡parI in the water tun. I will half kill you in two minutes I was taking one of too horses out of the s'ahle when Ellis prevented me for a time. I then g've him a push and he fell down." He served i he accus d with a notice on the 29th th it! the depositions of Ellis Jones would be taken that afternoon'at three o'clock. He explained to him that he could bj present if he wished in p I'on or by someone else, but he ;I;¡id he would raln/T )io-. Accused through his solicitor pleaded not gni ty aud re3«r7ed his defence.—He was forimliy com- mitted to take his trM on the < h r e cf mai- slaugbt-r at the assizes fir the comity of Merioneth to be held at Raihin.—Bad was refused.





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