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THE ALLEGED CHARGE OF STABBING. Charles Jones was brought up on remand charged with stabbing John Jones, Vile Road. Mr William Davies again appeared for the prisoner and Mr Alun Lloyd watched the case on behalf of Thomas Holland, who was in company with the prisoner when the alleged offence was committed. After the depositions taken in the first hearing were read Prosecutor said that on the 28th of last month, between '11 and 12 o'clock he saw the prisoner ON the road near the entrance to Plas Llewelyn. Prisoner turned back, making motions as if he was going to fight him. Thomas Holland called out Take care of him he is a bad one," prisoner then being at some distance from him. Prosecutor and prisoner closed, and both fell to the ditch. Both got up again still clinging together. One John Roberts came up, and John Jones asked him to speak to prisoner, for he could not, inasmuch as Charles Jones was an Englishman. Witness then went home. Before they fell prisoner ran at him and struck him, but he could not say what with. The blow was struck in the chest. On reaching tome he found himself covered with blood, and nobody but the prisoner had laid a hand on him. The blood issued from a wcund in the breast. He (prosecutor) did not see the prisoner after till to- day. The singlet and shirt (produced, covered with blood) were his, and he wore them when he was with prisoner, who must have caused the cut in the garments, as nobody else had been near him. A doctor was then sent for, and Doctor Thomas attended him. By Mr Davies; When Tom Holland called to him he spoke in Welsh. Prisoner was then from 15 to 20 yards away By the Benoh He went out of the house because he heard a woman screaming. When hg went out, I he saw Ellen Hughes going towards a wheelbarrow, which was in the middle of the road opposite his house. The barrow belonged to Jemimah Mill- ward. Mrs Hughes said that prisoner and Hol- land were taking the barrow, and he not knowing at the time but that it was his barrow, ran after them. Prisoner ran far enough away, but he came up to Holland, but did not take hold of him. When prisoner came up he struck at witness with his fist or something else. He (witne-s) did not show attitude of fighting, but did take hold of prisoner by the collar. This was after he was struck. After John Roberts had s oken to prisoner, he (witnees) bid Charles Jones good pht, and went to the house. When they fell ness was on his knees, and prisoner full length on his back. Dr W. Thomas Brighton Road, was next called. He said he was called between 12 and 1 o'clock, on the morning of the 1st of March. Proscutor was ruffering from an incised wound in the chest The wound was a little less than half an inch in length. It was quite a superficial wound—skin deep, on the third rib on the left. A good deal of blood was oozing out. The wound must have been recently inflicted, and with a sharp inrtrument. It was Lot a dangerous weund. The knife (produced by P.O. McKenna,) was such an instrument as would cause the wound. The man is not in danger now—he is quite recovered. By the Chairman The large quantity of blood must have been caused by the cutting of a small artery. The cut was quite through the thickness of iLe skin, and possibly the rib might have steyed the blow. At first, the man, though in no jumediate danger, wa., not altogether out of langer. Thomas Holland, Castle Street, Rhuddlan, stated that he was present in Vale Road when John and Charles Jones were together. When John Jones went up to him, prisoner was from 12 to 15 yards away. Prosecutor asked who the prisoner was. and he stated his own name, but could not supply that of the prisoner, as he did not know it. When this was going on, Chas. Jones came up, and prosecutor ran at him as if to strike him. Charles Jones then tried to get away. In doing so he fell and Joan Jonas fell on him, and abused him. striking him with his fist about the head and face. He heard prisoner saying when he was abused, "I will stab you." When they got up John Jones took hold of Charles Jones by the coat collar, as if to take him towards Rhyl, but Charles Jones kept pulling backward. Just at that time a John Roberts came up, and asked John Jones what was the matter. On the interposition of John Roberts, John Jones let Charles Jones go, and gave him a push. Charles Jones picked up his hat, but before they left, witness told the parties to shake hands, and they did so, and they pro- ceeded home. By Mr Davies: Charles Jones when he came back did not rush at John Jones, but walked up quietly, but John Jones tried to strike him. He (witness) did not call out to John Jones to take care of himself, for Charles Jones was going to do something to him. He did not see Charles Jones striking John Jones, nor did he hear John Jone& making any complaints of having been "truck. He (witness) was brought up with Oh:, Junes and kept at the office till about 12.30 noon on Sunday, when he was allowed to go, having first stated what he knew of the matter. At one stage of the proceedings a cheer was given in court when the Chairman observed that this was a very seriout3 case, and one of a nature which they happily.seldom met with in this country. He hoped those present in court would not make such a noise again. John Roberts, saddler, Vale Road, on being called said he saw the prisoner and the prosecutor, o together on the night in question, but did not see Charles Jones striking John Joneo, but the latter was dragging him out of the ditch. P.C. James McKenna deposed that on getting a description of the prisoner, he went to Rhuddlan, and apprehended prisoner at his lodgings in Parliament Street, Rhuddlan. Prisoner was asleep in bed. He awoke him, asked him what time he left Rhyl on the previous night and was answered Eleven o'clock." His clothes were on a chair on the bed side and were very dirty, and prisoner accounted for that by saying he had had a bother with a man that followed him. Witness searched the prisoner's clothes, and found the knife produced in his trousers pccket. The knife was closed, and there was a lot of dirt on the handle and blade. There were two or three other spots, but he could not say whether they were blood spots or not. Prisoner admitted the knife was his, and was then told he must go to Rhyl. While dressing himself prisoner wanted to know on what charge he was taken to Rhyl, and he (witness) replied On the charge of stabbing a man." He said I did not stab him, my knife was never out of my pocket. We had a scuffle and he bled my face and hurt my hand." Prisoner was then taken int? custody. custody. Inspector McLaren then produced the man's clothing. He said he went to John Jones* house with Dr Lloyd and found Dr Thomas tbere. He waited there till the wound was dressed and then took possession of the clothes produced. They were covered with blood, and each had a out in the left breast. This being the case, Mr Davies eubmitted there was no case likely to incline the minds of a jury to convict the young man of the crime he was charged with. The Justice thought a prima facie case had been made, and the prisoner was formally charged and pleaded not guilty. Mr Davies then said he would reserve his defence. The Chairman hoped that the use of the knife was not to be introduced to this part of the country as it was in some parts of England. It was the first case he had had before him and hoped it would be the last. It was a most un-British thing for a man to draw out his knife when he lost the day, and he hoped no Welshman would ever be guilty of it. Prisoner was then committed to take his trial at the next quarter sessions, the justices signifying their willingness to accept bail—prisoner ir. £ 50, land two sureties in £ 25 each, or one in £ 50.—The I su'eties not forthcoming, the prisoner was removed kin custody.



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