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POETMADOC. PETTY SESSIONS, FRIDAY, Dec. IO.-Before J. Jones, Esq., Ynysgain, Owen Griffith, Esq., and G. H. Owen, Esq. Drunk and Incapable. -Edward Jones, of Fronoleu Prenteg, was charged by P.S. O. Price with being drunk and incapable in Chapel-street, Portmadoc, on the 11th of November last.—Defendant admitted the offence, and was fined Is., and 8s. 6d. cost, -The money was paid. Deserting a Vesgd.-Ellis Roberts, of Criccieth, was charged by Capt. Evan Roberts with deserting a certain vessel called the DanielMorris, atSt. Tudwell's Roads on the 8th of November last, contrary tothe Merchants' Shipping Act, without sufficient cause. -Evan Roberts, owner of the vessel, said it was perfectly seaworthy.—Defendant said that he could not trust himself with the vessel, as he had seen fire above the jibboom.—By the Bench I don't know where it came from, nor where the fire went. I can't trust myself with her.—Pierce Roberts said I made the articles produced, and saw Ellis Roberts signing them. This is his own writing, andhe signed it inmy presence.—In answer to the Bench, Captain Roberts said that defendant was the mate of the vessel, and had by deserting her when he did caused a delay in the voyage, as they had to find one to take his place. Not more than 10s. or 15s. was due to the defend&nt at the time. He had been with the vessel since April, and had been paid up tothe time he signed the articles for this voyage.—The Bench, consider- ing that he had done a very wrong act in deserting his vessel on such a poor excuse, said they could not do less than commit him to prison for fourteen days and order all money due to him to be forfeited. Cruelty to Animals.—Rowland Jones, of the Prince Llewelyn Inn, Beddgelert, was charged with this offence. -P.S. Price said: On the Oth of November last defendant was driving an omnibtt to the Port. One of the mares had bruises upon h or. I had noticed her several times before-on the tMih and 29th of October, and 23th of November aiM-and on these occasions I noticed bruises on her.. I had reported the case to the superintendent then. The animal was not in a fit state to be worked. Defendant said there was no harm whatever upon the ani- mal, And that he had the horses here to-day, and should like the Bench to examine them.—Fined 5s., and 10s. 6d. sosts this being the second offence proved against defend- ant within the last twelve months. Sheep Stealing. -Thomas Hughes, butcher, of Port- madoc, surrendered to his bail on this charge.-AirD. Pugh appeared for the prosecution, and Mr J. H. Jones for the prisoner.—Mr D. Pugh, having briefly stated the case, called Lewis Jones Lewis, who said I am a butcher living at Portmadoc. This day week, the 3rd of December, I had fifteen sheep on the Morfa grazing, thirteen of which I had purchased from Mr G. Price, Ty'nllidiart, Four Crosses, about a fortnight previ- ously. I brought those to Morfa on Thursday week last. I had some time ago, on more than one occasion, lost sheep from the Morfa.—Mr Jones protested against this answer being put on the depositions, as it was merely intended to prejudice the mind of the Bench.—Mr Pugh maintained that he had a perfect right to ask the question and have the answer down, as it showed the reason why a stricter watch than usual was kept by the prosecutor.—The Bench were of opinion the case should go on.—Prosecutor continued: In consequence of those losses, I was lately keeping a stricter watch over my sheep, and this is the reason they were turned to the Traeth, and not to another place. I had other places to keep them-at Wern. It was from the Peneyflog and the Inn Morfa that I lost the sheep before. On Saturday last I found I had lost two of my sheep from 'the Morfa, and these two were a part of the lot I had beught from Griffith Price. I went, after finding my loss, to prisoner's slaughter house and tried to get in, but it was locked. I saw a skin outside. I looked at it, and I thought I knew it, and went to the Morfa to make sure of it. Having seen the other sheep there, I was certain of the skin. I knew the ear mark. The skin is now in possession of the police. The ear mark on the skin produced has the same mark unless it is larger. After seeing the sheep in the Morfa, I was sure this skin belonged to one of the sheep I had from Griffith Price. I then went to P.S. Owen Price, and he went with me to the slaughter house. We found the prisoner outside the slaughter house, and this skin and another one were there. I believe I told him, You have killed my sheep, Thomas Hughes." He said, I believe I did, in mistake." He then said, 44 I have another -sheep, and I am not certain whom it belongs to," or some words to that effect. I saife, It belongs nothing to me." Previously to saying this, I noticed that a point of one ear had been cut off. I then left, and went away with the officer. We returned in about an hour or so. t then examined the ear of the sheep, and the officer drew my attention to the cut on the ear-it was fresh, but was not bleeding then. Blood began to run from it before I reached the police station. I then examined the ear marks, and I thought at the time it was one of the sheep I bought from Griffith Price, to the best of my knowledge. I can say now that if this ear had not been cut, it had all the same marks as those other sheep in the Morfa. The skin of the dead sheep was taken possession of by the police constable, and the live sheep is also in charge of the police. Prisoner had a ram and a lamb on the Morfa, on Friday, when I counted them; and this ram, to my knowledge, was dead in the slaughter house when I went there—the skin was there, however; and to my knowledge the lamb was on the Morfa on Mon- day last. To my knowledge, the prisoner had no other sheep on the Merfa on Friday, except the ram and lamb mentioned by me.—Cross-examined by Mr J. H. Jones The Morfa is a, very large place I cannot say how many acres. I have no right to turn sheep there, nor can I say that Thomas had either. Previously to this Friday, the prisoner had sheep on Traeth-yr-Inn. The space between the old Cob" and the Cambrian Railway is called Traeth- yr-Inn. To my knowledge, prisoner had no more sheep than the two mentioned. I cannot speak with respect to the beginning of the week, nor of the week previous. On Friday morning I failed to see any sheep belonging to prisoner -on the whole of the Traeth. I had lost five the latter end of this year besides these two. I lost one from Traeth-yr-Inn, which went with Thomas Hughes's sheep, and I never saw it since. I cannot say where they went with Thomas Hughes's sheep-thiswas some time before Michaelmas. I don't know that butchers in this town often kill sheep belonging to one another. I think John Thomas has done so sometimes-bz kills sheep for nearly all the butchers. I think he killed a sheep for Peter Pugh once which belonged to me. Prisoner showed me a live sheep in the slaughter house, and said he was afraid he had killed one of my sheep by mistake. When I saw the sheep I could not tell whose it was without examining the ear mark. 1 thought at the first sit was not mine. I know Thomas Hughes's family— he has two small children and a blind wife—he has a ser- vant girl also. I did not see any of them about when I went to his yard,—Re-examined by Mr Pugh: I had the fifteen sheep, of which I had lost these two, on the previous Wednesday night, and was therefore not quite so conversant with the ear mark as I should have been If I had had them for some time. Prisoner did not mention. about the sheep he had alive in the slaughter-house until after I had taxed him with stealing the one of which I had seen the skin. Although he sard he had killed one of my sheep, he did not give the o&eat up to me. I had seen prisoner in the market hall that morning before I went to the police officer, and I spoke to him. He did not then tell me he was afraid he had killed one of my sheep, nor that he had a sheep and was not sure to whom it belonged. This was after I saw the skin, and before I went to the policeman. I did not then say that I suspected any- thing.—By the Bench: I cannet say that prisoner had examined the skins before I had seen him m the Town Hall. I did not mention that I had seen the skin. as I wanted to know who was taking away my sheep, and I was too much afraid of him to tell him then. Prisoner did tell me on Friday evening that he was going to the Traeth for sheep, but I cannot say on my oath whether he did not ask me to accompany him or not. I will not -say that he did not ask me to go with him, but I don't think he did.—By Mr Pugh I --see the prisoner continu- ally in the course of the, day, and nearly every day, and it was not an unusual thing therefore for us to talk to- gether.—P.S. Owen Price having given evidence, Griffith Price said: I-live at Ty'nllidiart, Four Crosses, and am a farmer, and about a fortnight ago sold sheep to Lewis Jones Lewis. After examining this skin, I know that the ear marks on it are the same ear marks as the sheep had I sold to the prosecutor. With regard to the wool marks, they have been changed since I sold the sheep. The Spanish red colour has been added to the red lead mark. The ear mark of the live sheep produced is the same as mine, only that the point of one ear is cut off, and I be- lieve lately too. The ear was not cut when I sold the sheep. I took more notice of this sheep as the man who sold it to me wanted me to take it for a wether. I know some things without marks, for instance I know my wife so, but this sheep is marked. I quite believe that the point of the ear was not cut when I parted with it; I prefer not swearing that it was not cut then, but I believe it was not.-Mr Jones said there was no doubt the sheep were the property of prosecutor, but maintained that they were taken away by mistake, nor did be attempt to hide the skin of the sheep which he had killed. There was no Eroof that the ear mark and wool mark had been altered yprisoner,and it was unlikely he would: have altered them while his only defence was that he had iremovied the ani- mals by mistake. Mistakes of this kiad often occurred when different butchers kept sheep in the same place, and they could not be expected to be perfectly correct in their knowledge of the marks of sheep which were so often bought by them from various people, and there was no probability that arespectable man like prisoner would have wilfully committed such an offence.—Prisoner was com- mitted to take his trial on the charge at the next quarter sessions at Carnarvon, bail being accepted for his appear- ance, himself in 240, and Messrs John Morris, butcher, and William Timothy, sailmaker, in 220 each.











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