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BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS. MONDAY.—Before T. C. Jones and T. Painter, Esqrs. DOES DKUNKENNE8S JUSTIFY FELONY ? ( Edward William Davies, articled clerk to Mr. Sherratt, was charged with stealing a pmy, a bridle, and a saddle. Mr. Sherratt stated that on Wednesday last, about ten o'clock in the evening, bis stable contained a pony, ) saddle, and bridle. At eigiit o'clock 011 Thursday morning ( he was informed by his son that his pony had been stolen with the bridle and saddle. He told him to go at once to the police and give information, and to tell them that they were to take any measures they thought proper to recover the pony. Shortly after that Mr. Sergeant Jones and another omcer called upon him, and after they had conferred together it was arranged that they should issue a police notice, which was im- mediately got out, and the police (especially Sergeant .iones) showed great ability in doing what they had- done. About one o'clock on Friday he understood that the pony was found, and on Saturday evening he received it with the bridle and saddle all uninjured. The defendant was an articled pupil of his, and he was a very respectable young man, and his mother was a very respectable lady. The police had had the case in their hands, and he could not well withdraw without the consent of the bench. The Chairman (to defendant): Mr. Sherratt has said nothing at present to connect you with the case. Will you ask him any questions ? Defendant: Oil, no, thanks. Superintendent Wilde stated that on Thursday morning last Sergeant Jones came to him and said he had received information from Mr. Sherratt about a pony. He ordered Jones to make further enquiries. Shortly afterwards suspicion was attached to the prisoner, and he (witness) having known him from a boy was rather reluctant to proceed, and thought the pony watu taken for a spree. After a time some hand- bills were drawn out and sent to him, of which lie did not approve. Later in the day, as nothing had been heard of the pony, Mr. Sherratt pressed him to proceed. He sent to Mr. Sherratt stating what his suspicions were, and asking if he would proceed against him, or anyone else, who might be apprehended. Mr. Sherratt replied, that he had not given anyone authority to take the pony, and he would certainly proceed against any person. Witness then wrote out several letters and sent them off. Soon after a telegram was received saying that the pony and the prisoner were in charge of the police at Denbigh. He had heard the defendant had been on a drunken spree, and he believed he had taken the pony as a drunken freak. The Chairman (to defendant): Do you wish to ask Mr. Wilde any questions? Defendant No, none, thanks. Sergeant Jones was then called, and stated that on Mr. Wilde any questions? Defendant No, none, thanks. Sergeant Jones was then called, and stated that on Thursday morning he received information from Mr. ( Sherratt that somebody had stolen his pony. He went to Mr. Sherratt, in the company of Mr. M'Cloud, and they viewed the premises. In the course of further evidence, the Sergt. stated the details of what he saw and heard, &c. Continuing, lie stated that eventually he received orders from the Superintendent to proceed to Chester in search of the defendant, but, before he started, a telegram was received from Denbigh, and he proceeded there instead. When he apprehended the defendant lie replied, in answer to the charge, that he had no intention whatever of stealing the pony, that he had been drunk, and that he did not know what he had been doing. The defendant added that he heard that the defendant slept on the back of the pony, and when he awoke he found himself in Ruthin. (Laughter). Mr. Painter He was not asleep when he opened the stable dour. The Clork (to defendant) Do you wish to put any questions ? Defendant: No accept that I had not the slightest fleet of being in the office on the Wednesday evening. The Chairman Very great pity. Y The Clerk (to Mr. Sherratt): Is defendant still in your employ ? Mr. Sherratt Yes, and I hope he will be with me again to-day. His mother paid me a good stiff premium with him. If he had only telegraphed that he had the pony it would have been all right. I had not the slightest idea who had the pony, and after it was in the hands of the police of course I could not withdraw. I have not the slightest word to say against him, and I believe he had no intention of stealing the pony. I have no wish to prosecute nor to be here this morning. Sergeant Jones Everybody in Denbigh was very sorry for this young gentleman, and none believed that he had any intention of stealing the pony. Mr. Sherratt: The question would be whether there was any felonious intent. I should certainly say not. The Chairman: But then you see he acknowledges 'Jel, here that he did not know what he was doing. Is his mother a widow ? Mr. Sherratt: Yes, and she is a woman of good position. Mr. Painter: Would you wish to withdraw in this matter ? Mr. Sherratt: Oh, yes, certainly I would. Mr. Painter We can quite understand that he had 4- no intention of stealing it. It is a most unfortunate affair. il ie (. hairmrn; addressing the defendant, s id he ..i/Or.d CJ< rgei' with a very serious crime, and formerly it wa« considered more so even t'fui r>ow, and he was VH- y sory to -v.e •>.■« :>. a resiecteble y 'ting man. the son f uy vi'- ••!>?« la !y, in such a. po(dfci..n as he ;■ >v_ v.: h o •"> or 1!■ he aau r a g od e:ample in his mother, and a re it .oself lie w -.s very «! rry to see hi :a in srch iio^ .tioi. jfcie ha ated ,11.1"elf, .w,t he did not know wu.a ae v.r-. d -0, a-io after the education he had leoeive ?a>. e >owers C-od hail given him, if he we 'al pursue course a > had be ,an he knew where ic "i." ) eii. y. f un Mr. T.herratt that he |-ad no feViduus indent, a intended io act rooa ••, >yi. -»e I was r1:. i -,ible. He hooed this v -•<} e a.e .a i <_> ni-n, an- that he wen d ..ee his own ■1 i 11. If Mr. Niie T.»tt had prea.ed -he cha-ye r,o <1 ohc ne would have been imprisoned, and what a d1- aat vuiu-d rave been-to him. Net ling bad been 'a .a aoout Him .jefure, aad hey hoped th.rt wo"V 'io, de -1e j. v ae. ann i.e.t he would not .<,in for elf 1 iie rl, iet him never forget Lit .a ta-c* it f.one oider than himself, Never 0: f." Li d.sc'.arging 3iim he hoped that wa ,h ■■ >t tLii.- he won id 1.11 there. cxcaurtuiv s.iortiy left the-court. CTTUELTY TO FOWLS. d EU¡g, Kinrs Mills, was charged by Inspector Lucking; of the S.P.U.with cruelty to tnree couple of :wis on the 28th instant. j.ne xnspeecor stated that on the 2Sth inst., about half-pa; t twelve he was in the poultry market, and there saw defendant's wife in charge of six fowls. He examined them, and Lund that their legs were tied with le very thin string, and it was cutting into the flesh. The "inds were bleeding, and the legs very much nrbirne d. Defendant .said A!iat the legs ware not cut by the spring, but were wounded in fightmg. He had bought some fowls at Worthenbury, and their legs were tied wio.u strips of cadco, but the strips broke, and he had to tie the legs with any string he could get. If the case could be aJjourned lie would be able to bring up witnesses. The prosecutor said he should object to the adjourn- ment, unless the defendant paid its expenses. Eventually the bench fined him 20s. and costs. In paying the fine the defendant said It is a very nice way of getting money, but thank God I can pay it. It is genteel begging." ABUSING A DONKEY. John Williams, Penybryn. was summoned by the same Inspector for cruelty to a donkey. The Inspector said on the 13th inst., about half-past two o'clock, he was in Rhosddu-lane, when he saw tfc3 defendant driving a grey donkey. He had a heavy stick in his hand, with which he was heating the poor donkey most unmercifully. Witness went to him, and taking the stick from him broke it in pieces, threaten- ing him with imprisonment if he was seen abusing it again. Soon after this, from information he received, witnesji went to Lorne-street, and there saw the defen- dant again thrashing the donkey very heavily with a fresh stick. He was hitting it across the back and legs. Deiendant, who denied the offence, was fined 2s. Gd. and costs. ABUSIVE LANG UAG E. Bridget McCormkk, Yorke-street, was summoned by Jane Williams, of the same place, for using abusive language towards her. The difference was caused by a transaction in herrings, during which the freshness of defendant's stock was called in question. There was a cross-summons, which, after a very patient hearing, was dismissed. In the former case, the defendant, Mrs. McCormick, was fined 2s. 6d. and costs. There was a similar case between airs. Harriet Davies and Mrs. Septimus Phoenix, both of Market-street, ,er hearing complainant's evidence, the case was settled on defendant paying the costs of the summons. DHUNK, &C. John Williams, labourer, was charged by P.C. Fred. Jones with being drunk on the previous Saturday m-dit m Bridge-street. Defendant was very drunk and be- having in a very riotous manner. Defendant said, he was looking for work. The Chairman said that the case would be dismissed and recommended him not to get another day's work irom the hard master who had got him into that troufjlo. THE AL;,JO[JE!NED CASE OF DAVIES V. PARRY. Henrv Parry appeared in answer'to the charge pre- ferrea by Mr. T. F. Davies, hair dresser, Hope-street, for a breacn of his indentures. Mr Davies said he would only press for costs and would suppress the question of damages altogether. He would be very glad if the Bench would cancel the in- dentures. Defendant had worked for him all the week but did all his work very slowly. Mr. Charles Hughes had frightened him on the previous court day by threa- tening him with imprisonment, but witness was afraid the defendant would be as bad as ever after the case was settled. The Bench, after a little time, cancelled the inden- tures and ordered the defendant to pay the costs of the case, at the same time complainant was to pay all wages owing to the defendant.


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