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LARCENY OF A CHECK REIN. Thomas Evans, Byrdir, Uwchygarreg, ap peared to answer a charge of stealing li check rein, value 3s 6d, belonging to Mi John William Parry, of Rhiwlwyfen. Mr Montague Woosnam Newtcwn, ap- peared for the defence. John William Parry said he was at Mach. ynlleth fair on the 15th of June last with a horse and cart. He put the horse in the Blue Bell stable. The gearing was taken off the horse by Humphrey Davies. The bridle had a platted check chain attached. He was in town until about six in the even- ing, and as he was starting home he found that the check rein was missing. He did not then inform the police. The rein produced by P.S. Davies was his property, And the one he had lost that day. He valued it at 3s 6d. When he put his horse in the stable there were two or three other horses there, but when he went away there was only one there. He saw the defendant in the town that day. By P.S. Davies: He told P.C. Jones about his loss later on. He had the rein in his possession for three or four years. He bought it from Mr Edwards, the saddler. He identified it by the spring hook being defective. By the Bench: The horse left in the stable was the one from Bryntidwr. By P.S. Davies: He had only seen three other reins like the one he lost in all his life. Since he had lost the one, he had had a similar one made. By Mr Woosnam; He never asked the defendant if he had taken the rein home by mistake. He had known the defendant for some years, and had seen him many times since he lost the rein. If he lost the new rein that he had since bought he could not identify it. He did not think that the defendant had stolen it. He did not see the rein after June 15th until he saw it in the hands of the police. BOUGHT IT SECOND-HAND. Samuel Ingram said he was a farm ser- vant in the employ of the defendant. Soon after he went to Byrdir, defendant brought a rein into the stable. He said that he had bought it second-hand, and asked witness to guess what it was worth, and he said that he thought it was worth about 2s. Defendant said he had given 2s 6d for it. He put it into the stable on the traces. He used it on several occasions. On No- vember 30th he went to Machynlleth. He put the horse at the Blue Bell stable, and Humphrey Davies asked him where he got i the check rein from. Later on he put the horse in the cart to go home, but before he had gone a mile he was overtaken by P.C. Jones. The rein was then on the lead- ing horse. P.C. Jones asked whether he might take possession of the rein, which he did. By P.S. Davies: He identified the rein produced as the one handed to him by his master, and the one he gave to P.C. Jones. When he told his master about the police taking the rein away, he said he did not lmow why they had taken it away. When witness told him that he had told P.C. Jones about his buying it second-hand, he told him he had made a mistake. His mas- ter also told him to tell the magistrates he had made a mistake, or he (his master) would be in gaol. He saw Mr Woosnam in the Wynnstay Hotel on the night pre- vious to the court. By Mr Woosnam: He received a sub- poena to attend court an Saturday, Decem- ber 3rd. There was no platted rein there? when he went to Byrdir. His master v handed him one with a defective hook,' which was the rein produced. His master didn't tell him where he got it from. He used it regular. When he told his master tha- the police had taken the rein, he was very much surpised, and he went straight to the police. COLONEL NORTON'S "MISFOriTUNE." At this juncture Dr Davies put a number of questions to the witness in Welsh. Colonel Norton said he did not under- stand one of them, and he thought they ought to be iranslated into English. Dr Davies: I am sorry, Colonel Norton. It is unfortunate that you do not under- stand Welsh in a Welsh court. Colonel Norton: That is my misfortune. In answer to P.S. Davies, Ingram said he had made no mistake about the reins. Humphrey Davies, the licensee of the Blue Bell, said that on the 15th June Mr Parry told him that he had lost a rein. Defen- dant's and Mr Parry's horses were in the stable. It was about dinner time. He reported the matter to the police. A week ago there were two horses in the stable belonging to the defendant in charge of a farm servant, Ingram. Ingram took one horse and cart away. He noticed the check rein of the leading horse, and asked Ingram where he got it from. P.C. Jones made a statement with regard to the reins, and whilst Ingram was away they both went into the stable and examined the reins. The rein produced by P.S. Davies was the one that was in the stable that day. By Mr Woosnam He noticed the rein, because it was the first one he had seen plaited, and he made a note on his book to that effect. He did not send for the policeman, nor did he speak to the police first. ) WHAT THE BOY TOLD HIM WAS A MISTAKE. P.C. Ellis Jones said he received a report about the rein being missing. He received information on the 30th November, and went along the road and overtook Ingram with a cart and two horses. On the leading horse was a check rein answering the description of the missing rein. He took possession of the rein. He served the summons on the 3rd December. Defendant said he had nothing to say what the boy told him was a mistake. By Mr Woosnam When he went into the stable of the Blue Bell he knew that Samuel Ingram would come back, but the reason he did not wait was because he wanted to see P.C. Davies. When he re- turned Samuel Ingram had left. It was not because he did not want to bring Mr Davies into the matter. P.S. Davies gave evidence that on Novem- ber 30th, about 7 p.m, he visited Byrdir farm. On a field a little distance from the house he met Mr Evans, who said, I was just coming down to see you about my • rein," and said he would like to know what rights he had to take his rein from his horse on the road. Witness told him that he was responsible for what had hen done. He told him that the rein answered the de- f scription of the one missing from the Blue Bell sometime in June, belonging to Mr > Parry, and defendant replied, It is my 1 rein it was here before I came seven years ago. It belonged to my brother, who is in South Wales. He gave it to me when he came home to bury his sister about two r years ago, together with some other things." r "CONTRARY TO THE PRINCIPLES OF JUSTICE." i Mr Woosnam said he did not think that P.S. Davies should have gone up to the defendant and got all that out of him, and then take out a summons against him. It » was contrary to all the principles of justice. P.S. Davies: I did not suspect him then. I was not going to charge him. On the 1st of December 'defendant came to the Police Station and said, "I don't think that the boy can swear to the rein, but I would know it in a minute. I put a stitch in my rein some time ago." When he produced the rein defendant said, "No, this is not i mine." He then told him that it had been identified by Mr Parry as his property, and that it was found on his horse on November 30th by P.C. Jones. L By Mr Woosnam: Defendant also said that someone might have taken his own and put the one produced in its place, and that his own was not so good as the one produced. Witness told him he was very much mis- taken if he thought he was going to believe t that. > Mr Woosnam then addressed the Bench, and defendant pleaded not guilty. f THE DEFENDANT'S STORY. The Court was then adjourned for an l hour, after which defendant went into the box and stated that he remembered Samuel [ Ingram coming into his service. He told him that there was a rein hanging up in the stable which had been lately mended by the saddler, and that he had bought it second hand on the street. He did not tell him how much he gave for it. He produced the rein he referred to (a plain one) and showed the repair. He had three check reins when Samuel fngram came into his service, one oi which was a plaited one. The spring hook had gone wrong. He kept the plaited one in a box in the house. Seven years ago, when he took over the farm from his father, the plaited check rein was left there, belonging to his brother, Edward Evans, who handed it over to him when he came to bury his sister in March, 1909 Pryce Humphreys, a former work- man, took it out of the box first. There was a crack in it, and he put a stitch in it. On June 15th he went to Machynlleth with two horses and a cart, accompanied by Samuel Ingram. He did not have a check rein going back. He saw Mr Parry that day, and he had seen him many times since, but he had not said anything to him about it. Sam Ingram looked after the horses and put the gears on them. On November 30th he went with Sarn Ingram to Talybont- ddrain. Afterwards Ingram put the one horse up at the Blue Bell and went with the other horse and cart to the mill. Wit- ness led the front horse that day. When Ingram came home that evening he told him what had happened, and HE WAS VERY SAVAGE. He told Ingram that he had made a mistake. He went out and saw P.S. Davies, and went back to the house and saw Ingram. The next day he went to the Police Station and saw P.S. Davies, who produced a check rein to him. He had told P.S. Davies there was a cut in his rein before he saw the rein produced. He looked at it, and told him it was not his. He could not find a plaited check rein at his house since the policeman took the one off him. He could not explain how the check rein produced came to be on his horse, and up to the time it was taken away by the police he was under the impression that the check rein produced was his, and had cc.me to town with it several times, thinking it was his own. He did not tell his boy on the previous night to say that he had made a mistake or he would be in gaol. By P.S. Davies: His brother lived in South Wales somewhere. He did not know where. He did not tell Ingram that he bought the plaited check rein for 2s 6d, neither did he tell him to tell the magis- trates that lie had made a mistake. He could not suggest any reason why Ingram I should go into the box and commit deliber- ate perjury. Mury Hughes said she was a sister to the I defendant, and wife of Henry Hughes, Lluestyrhos. She resided with her father until the defendant took over Byrdir seven years ago. She did not know where Edward Evans, her other brother, was. She knew that when he left he left some straps behind him, which included one plaited check rein. They were there when she came to live there. IN TROUBLE ABOUT THE LEADING REIN. By P. S. Davies: She first beard about the case on the previous Saturday night from defendant, who said, We are in trouble about the leading rein which was left at Byrdir by my brother, who is in South Wales." Richard Pryce Humphreys, Llechwedd- mawr. said he was in service with the defendant as waggoner until two and a half years ago. Mr Evans had three check reins, one of which was plaited and two plain. He used the plain one because it was longer, and the plaited one was kept in a chest in the house. He did not go to the chest until he went for a rein similar to the one pro- duced. Whilst he was in service at Mr Evans' he went with two horses to help Humphrey Jones, Tyddynplas. He had a plaited check rein on the leading horse. There was a crack in it, which was not in the one produced. By P.S. Davies: He had never seen a plaited check rein before he saw the one at Byrdir. He had seen one since. Humphrey Jones, Tyddynplas, said he remembered the last witness coming to help him with two horses. He noticed that the leading one had a plaited check rein. Mr Woosnam said it was for the Bench to decide whether the defendant had a plaited check rein in his possession before Mr Parry lost his. The Bench then retired, and on returning the Chairman said the case- would be dis- missed, and complimented P.S. Davies on the capable manner he had conducted his case.



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