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RUABON. PETTY SESSIONS, Feb. 4th.-Before H. W. Meredith, Esq, J. H. Foulkes,.Esg., and G. H. Whalley, Esq., M.P. ASSAULT. Robert Jones, who was brought up on a warrant, was charged by Robert Roberts with assaulting him on the 18th December. The charge was Qf a trivial character.—Fined 2s. 6d., and 15s. 6d. costs. 4AXE TRESPASS. Enoch Williams, and John, son of Hugh Jenes, were charged with trespassing in purauit of conies on land in the occupation of Mrs Kenyon Fuller.—George Tomkins, gamekeeper to Capt. Foulkes, proved the charge.—Defendants pleaded that as they had not caught any, they were innocent.-A quantity of nets and other poaching tackle were taken from them, and they were fined 10s. 6d. each, and 9s. 6d. costs. A similar charge was preferred against John Jones, a servant at Tabernacle Farm, and a native of Eglwyseg.-G. Tomkins, the informer in the previous case, said that on the morning of Jan. 21, he found the defendant in one of his (the defendant's) master's fields, in which field a hare was lying snared. In an adjoining field he discovered a trap with a hare's leg in it. The defendant had no business in the field at that time, and when interrogated, he said he had come to see after the sheep.-Mr Hughes, of Cor- wen, elicited in cross-examination that some of the defendant's master's sheep were in the field, but that defendant had never be- fore been charged with a similar offence, although witness had suspected him.—Fined XI, to include costs.—The man had no money, but Mr Hughes guaranteed payment. MALICIOUS DAMAGE. Thomas Foulkes Evans was charged with maliciously dama- ging a shutter belonging to David Jones, at Cefnmawr.—Mr Hughes, of Corwen, appeared for the prosecution, and informed the Bench that for some time past the complainant had been subject to great annoyance and injury from the defendant, who had got the worst of an action in the county court, in which Mr Jones was the plaintiff. The complainant owned the house oc- cupied by defendant, and he had obtained an order of ejectment against him. No later than this morning the defendant had violently assaulted the complainant, while on his way to the Court-house.—Defendant, who made a universal denunciatory statement, in which he accused everybody of working against him, was handed over to the care of the governor of Ruthin Gaol for two months, the period to be diversified with hard labour. DRUNK. P.S. Jones charged John Davies, of Ruabon, with this offence for the sixth time.—Fined zell and 3s. 6j. costs. STEALING COAL. Owing to the contradictory evidence given, Thomas and Lucy Griffiths, charged with stealing coal from the Waterloo pit of the Plaskynaston Colliery, were liberated, but cautioned. Mr Acton, of Wrexham, prosecuted. THE TONGUE CUTTING AT THE RHOS. It will be in the recollection of our readers that in the month of October last, a man named Solomon Williams, land- lord of the Travelers' Inn, at the Rhos, had a horse injured by the cutting of its tongue. In a very short time afterwards Williams's son-in-law, John Williams, had a horse mutilated in a similar manner; and on the 4th of November last, the son-in- law, John Williams, was attacked, it is alleged, by two men, and being knocked down, his tongue was barbarously cut by one of his assailants. The affair, as might be expected, has created great excitement in the neighbourhood, and the matter pro and con has been freely discussed, and the interest attached to the outrage was in no respect abated after the lapse of three months, as the crowded Court-house of Ruabon fully testified, when the first magisterial inquiry into the circumstances took place there on Friday last. The victim is a mm who occupies the position of public carrier between the Rhos and Wrexham; and the ac- cused is a master-clogger and shoemaker, who also runs a con- veyance between the Rhos and Wrexham. The other particu- lars connected with the affair will be gleaned from the evidence -though incomplete-adduced at the hearing of the case. Mr Acton, of Wrexham, defended Samuel Mellins; and Mr O. Davies Hughes, of Corwen, appeared for the complainant, John Williams. Mr Acton, before the case was gone into, wished to bring be- fore the notice of their Worships the fact that the summons bore the date of the 15th of January, but it had not been served until Tuesday last. He should need an explanation of that at a future time, perhaps. He would further ask that all the witnesses in the case leave the court. Mr Meredith thought it desirable that in every case the wit- nesses should leave the court. The witnesses-twenty-five in number-were then called and ordered out of court. Mr O. Davies Hughes, in opening the case, said he never ap- peared in a ceurt of justice with feelings more mixed than he felt that day. He was there to help in bringing to justice the man who his client was, in his own mind, convinced, had com- mitted the barbarous assault upon him. And so serious was the offence the defendant had to answer for, that it was only by the merciful interposition of a Divine Providence that the com- plainant was enabled to appear in that court to-day. It was a mercy that his client had not died on the spat where the assault was committed. The complainant was a man who posted cars between the Rhos and Wrexham, and he was informed that the defendant also posted between the same places. Mr Acton-Begging your pardon, I think you are wrong there. Mr Hughes-I am so instructed. Perhaps you have been in- structed rightly, and myself wrongly. The offence, as I am instructed, assumes a far more serious form than that of a violent assault, and I intend to take it under Sec. 11, c. 100, 21 and 25 Vic. Mr Acton-The charge that we are here to meet is one of assault. Mr Hughes-But, defendant and complainant both being present, I can, their Worships permitting, take it as an attempt at murder, and I intend to proceed, as the case is so serious, under the provisions of the section of the Act I have named. Mr Acton-I don't understand. Mr Lewis (clerk)—This is a court of the first instance, and should the magistrates think fit, they can take it as a common assault, or otherwise; it is discretionary with them. Mr Acton-I want to know why we are summoned for an assault, and then charged with another offence. Mr Hughes-The offence is so serious that I should be swerv- ing from my duty if I take it as an offence of a character less serious than attempt at murder. The Bench will decide whether I am right or wr ing. Mr Acton-Wel, proceed. Mr Hughes-The offence was committed en the 4th November last. On the evening of that day the complain int was proceed- ing from his own house to that of his father-in-law and to do so had to go along the highway called Gutterhill; and when passing the hORse of Mr George Roberts, the blacksmith, he saw the de- fendant standing on the road-side, and bade him" good night." A little further on my client met Ann Rogers, whom I shall call, and I will prove by her evidence and that of the complainant, that defendant was near the spot at the time the assault was committed. After leaving Ann Rogers, he went along the Cae Bank towards the Travelers' Inn, the residence of his father-in- law, but had not proceeded far, when, hearing footsteps behind him, he turned round and saw defendant approach him, as if to strike him with a stick. Complainant said, "Hold on, Sam;" and defendant struck him with the stick on the head, and felled him. This was only the beginning of the series of assaults, and before complainant got as far as the fiell next the Travelers' Inn, he had been knocked down three times. The last time defendant jumped upon his breast, and when in that position he cut the tongue of my client. I shall bring witnesses to prove that my client cried out for assistance. His voice soun I ing queer, owing to his injuries, his cries were taken for the inco- herent shouts of a drunken man. As soon as the door of Solomon Williams's house was opened, my client's assailants ran away, but not before one of them had been identified as the defendant. I am really afraid, and I say so with all earnestness, that the charge will be made out against the defendant, and I have no doubt that it will be set up for the defence that, because my client did not charge the defendant until some days had elapsed, there is no case. But I shall Drove that my client told a man. Mr Acton-That is not admissible—what he told some one. Mr Hughes —It was an expression made use of by my client when in pain, and as such, is substantial evidence. I shall also submit to your Worships medical evidence, which will prove how the complainant had been maltreated. Immediately after the assanlt my client was taken into the house of Solomon Williams, but in consequence of the mutilated state of his tongue and the filling of his mouth with blood he was unable to articu- late. After Dr Roberts had dressed the tongue he was better, but it was only on the Sunday following that he was enabled to make himself so far intelligible that he could inform those attend- ing him who had had committed the assault, which he did by hold- ing up his long finger (defendant is a tall man), and turning over the leaves of the Bible until he came to the name of Samuel." The motive for such an outrage I am at a loss to conceive, unless it is that two of a trade cannot agree. But surely there is room enough for all, and people must be taught that trade jealousy must be settled without committing such an offence as this. I will now proceed with the evidence. John Williams, the complainant, said-I recollect the 4th of November last. I reached my house at the Rhos, from Wrex- ham, at a quarter to five o'clock. After having my tea I went out to see my father-in-law, Solomon Williams, who keeps the Travelers' Inn, at the Rhos, about six o'clock. To get there, I had to proceed alont; the Gutterhill-road. When opposite George Roberts, the blacksmith's, I saw Sam Mellins [pointing to de- fendant] there he is. He was standing by Roberts's garden hedge, on the side of the road. There was another man with him, but I did not know him. I said, "Good night, Sim," but got no reply. When near Richard Jones's house I saw Ann Rogers, close to the stile. They call the field where the stile is the Bank Field. I had some conversation with Ann Rogers. She asked me the time. We both then went on in opposite directions. I went towards Cae Bink; and when at the far end of the field, near to the second stile, I heard the sound of foot- steps behind me. I got over the stile into the adjoining field. I know no name for that field. While proceeding across it, I noticed two men come over the stile I had just come over. I kept going along, but they overtook me. When they had ap- proached within a few yards of me, I looked round at them, and saw that Samuel Mellins was one of them. One of them had a white muffler on, tied round his neck and over his mouth. It was Samuel Meliins. I cried out, Hold on, Sam," because I saw him raise up a stick to me. He then knocked me on the side of my head with a stick, and I fell to the ground. The other man kicked.me when on the ground. Samuel Mellins was on my left side, and the other man behind me. I got up and went on my way, but Mellins seized me by my coat tail, and pulled me to the ground and kicked me. I had another scume with them. I got on my legs again, and after that they let me alone, while they appeared to be listening for something. When I attempted to get away, I found myself on the ground for the third time. I was sent on to my back, and while in that position Mellins jumped upon my breast with his feet; he then got his two knees on my breast and brought them up towards my throat. I tried to prevent him by pressing my chin down. He then attempted to throttle me with his hand, and to do so put his knees on the ground. I cried out, and he then ripped up my tongue with an awl or a hook. I put my face down to the ground, and they both commenced kicking me. Just then my father-in-law's door opened. I thought I was losing my life. Beth of them then ran away. Solomon Williams came up to me, and, with the help of Thomas Morgan, I was .carried into my father-in-law's house. When I was found on the ground, I was much nearer, the Travelers' Inn than when they first attacked me. I am quite sure that one of the persons who attacked me was Samuel Mellins. I swearit was he tihatjumped on me and cut my tongue. I would lay my life on it. At the time of the assault I en- deavoured as much as possible to save myself. I was unable to speak directly after the assault. In order to describe the persons as a tall and stout man, who attaeked me, I held up one long finger and one short. In consequence of what I said on Sunday, the 7th November, several persons were brought into my bed- room, among whom was the Rev. John Jones, Rhos, the Rev. Mr Roberts, Rhos, Mr John Owen, Samuel Mellins, and others. I pointed out Mellins as the man who had ripped up my tongue. I have been laid up from my injuries about five weeks. I had never given Samuel Mellins any cause for the attack on me. Cross-examined by Mr Acton-It was light enough for me to see the men that assaulted me. I knew Mellins from his out- line, general appearance, his dress, muffler, and hat. He had a light-coloured suit on. It was not -dark enough to prevent my identifying the defendant, but I do not know the other man, who was shorter than Mellins. I was not home earlier than usual from Wrexham, on the 4th November. I never go more than two journeys to Wrexham on Thursdays. Mellins lives about half-a-mile from the blacksmith's shop, where I first saw him. I swear to him by the upper part of his face. I only recog- nized the defendant when he was within a blow's reach ofme. I recollect little of what occurred directly my tongue was cut. I lost my reckoning; I was so much abused. I may have said at the time that I did not know who had done it. I told Hugh Jones, 'on the night of the 11th November, that it was Sam Hellins who had done it. I was hurt on my stomach and abdo- men. There was also a swelling on mv head. I remember Jones, the policeman, coming to my bedside and inquiring into the matter. My wife was standing by, but she did not tell Jones that I did not know who had cut my tongue. I could show the defendant's name in the Bible, before I could speak it. I sent for Mellins to my bedside, and pointed him out as the man who Ikad ripped up my tongue. I was in bed poorlv, and do not know that the police had refused to take the matter np. The delay in serving the summons was due to the fact that I wanted further summonses for witnesses, and I had no money for the service of the first. Solomon Williams had his horse's tongue cut prepiously to the assault on me. I also had a horse's tongue cut. There was no great injury done it, and I was advised to look about a little before I gave information to the police.-P.C. Jones told me it was the public opinion that I had done this my- self, and that I had done Solomon Williams's horse as well. I had another interview with Jones, and there was some talk that I should be prosecuted. Jones himself advised me to keep quiet in the matter. Re-examined-I did not refuse to put the c&3e of my horse's being injured In the hands of the polico. P.C. Jones had no ground to say what he did about the horse-cutting. I told Hugh Jones directly I could speak that Mellins had cut my tongue. Mr R. Chambers Roberts, F.R.C.S., said—On the 4th November last I was called tothe man John Williams, about seven o'clock at night. I found him at Solomon Williams's house, the Travel- lers' Inn. I found him reclining on a bench, with a portion of his tongue hanging out of his mouth. He was sufferiug from a great deal of hemorrhage. I dressed the tongue, and found that the tip of the tongue was entire, and the under part was per- fectly entire. There was no laceration either at the tip or under the tongue. A portion of the tongue, 21 inches in length, reach- ing from the root of the tongue towards the tip, was torn and lacerated; was in fact scooped out, for an inch and a half in breadth, and coming to within half an inch of the tip. Upon asking him whether he suffered in any other part, he pointed to the hinges of the jaw-bone and the muscles of the neck. At that time it was impossible for the man to speak because of the hemorrhage. He could only mumble, because his tongue was hanging out of his mouth. He also complained of pain in the chest and abdomen. I ordered what I considered necessary for that night, and left him. I continued to attend him for more, I consider, than five weeks. For some time he complained of great pain in the end of the jaw; and he suffered much pain in the stomach and abdomen. A day or two after the 4th November Williams complained of great pain in the back. After the examination of this witness, the case was adjourned until next sessions.





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