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RUTHIN LENT ASSIZES. Gcoryc Edwards, of Wrexham, shoemaker was indicted, & put on his trial, for cutting and stab- bing, with intent to murder, ke. Thomas Yates, nailor of Wrexham, and after a trial which lasted until past nine o'clock at night, he was acquitted much to the indignation and astonishment of a crowded court. It appeared in evidence, that the parties were neighbours, and that the father of Yates, an old man, and the two sisters of the prisoner, had disputed, and after .much abusiyet lan<rua"'e on both tides, they closed in a kind of souffle, outside the door of the prisoner's dwel- ling, throwing cinders and water on each other, 9n whHSb Xafes ran from the forge, at which he was working, to pull away his father, when just in the act of doing so, by grasping him round the body, Edwards, the prisoner, who had never ap- peared to interfere before this, suddenly darted forward, aimed- from the door-way of his owii house, a blow, with a sharp poilited shoe- maker's, knife, at the rwck of Yates, which, en- tering at the ear, inflicted a dreadful wound, four" inches in length, and of sufficient depth to have proved mortal, if, by surgical skill, he had not been immediately assisted, and eventuallylre- coverged. The evidence for the prosecution was cleaiivconsistent, and satisfactory, as to the cause of the wound, and Mr- Griffith, of Wrexham, the surgeon who attended the prosecutor, during a tedious confinement of many weeks, proved, in a creditable display of his professional skill, the nature of the, wound, the excessive danger of his patient for at least eight or nine days after its infliction: it also appeared by the the production of a black silk handkerchief, and round the pro- secutor's neck at the time, that this had pro- bablyiiaved. his life, as notwithstanding a thick stuffing it was cut through by the force of the blow. The Chief Justice charged the jury with all his usual discrimination and ability, omitting 110 fact on either side, and most patiently ex- plaining his own view of each particular circum- stance as it appeared to bear in favour or against the prisoner, but evidently, as he was forced to (to, deducing a general influence of his guilt, on ei- therone or the other of the two counts on which the indictment was founded. The jury, notwithstand- ing. after a short deliberation, returned to the box and on being asked the usual question, the foreman replied "We find him guilty of stab- bing, but not"—here he stammered, on which the Judge immediately apprehending that they did not wish to find upon iliefii-st count, with in- tent to commit murder," but on the second, viz. with intent to commit some, grievous bodily harm explained that they could find on the latter count, if not upon the first, which he pre, sumud they meant to do, finding he had inflicted the wound, on which they turned round to con- sult Rgain, and after a short discussion, the fore- man advanced, and now said, not guilty upon both, or to that effect, fo r it was perfectly clear to evoi-Y body in court that he at least was almost inca- babie of comprehending what he really meant to say. The Chief Justice, we presume, incapable also of restraining his own emotion of surprise at so extraordinary a proof of either prejudice or ignorance. involuntarily exclaimed, "then, I suppose, lie stubbed him for his own amusement a sentiment which was indignantly, though si- lently, echoed throughout the whole court, who felt an impulse of shame that an institution." which js the great-palladium of our librrtir*, should be thus degraded and perverted, but until' the English language is mote perfectly under*u>od in VVales, it is quite certain that in- stances uf this kind will too frequently recur, nnd that the palpable incompetence which appeared in this case (either in that particular or some other), to obstruct the course of justice, and es- pecially of erfminal justice, will suspend that confidence in the trial by jury which it ought to be the anxious desire of every lover of his coun- try to dit!us I and establish, in order that this sacred depository of life and property should be as pure and unexceptionable as the imperfections of our nature will allow. In all the other attri- butes of a Briiish "Court of Justice, the picture was perfect; an upright patient, and enlightened judge, able and zealous counsel, intelligent agents, &c.; but the people themselves betrayid their own rights, and violated the charter oj tl en liberties! 1 William Davies, aged 23, stood charged, and was convicted of stealing a mare, the property of Sarah Jonis, of Wrexham; he rode the mare to Chester, wiere he was taken, and conveyed L back to Wrexham and thence to jail, he was sentenced to transportation for life. Thelwotl Salusbury, Edward Parry a"d^,V™ Owen, were indicted, and convicted of poaching in the preserves of Miss Harriet Myddleton, near j Denbigh the frst, as being the most (iespci ate, 1 was sentenced to two years" imprisonment, with haRo6eri°FoMJr/s0,^sho^maker^Iwas convicted of "in th"e A. S.I. with a sack tolerably stored with geese, taken from a farmer in the neiglibotirliood they were suspected of poaching, but on discovering the kind ofqame they preferred, the keeperiagaciously allowed tbem to escape, thinking that his duty only extended to the protection o(pheasants, &c. and that dead geesi3 could no loitkei- exercise that vigilant instinct for which they were so celebrat- ed in Roman story. The prisoner, although in- dicted for grand larceny, and convicted under rather aggravated circumstances, was sentenced to no more thau 6 months'imyisonment. afford- ing an ample commentary on some late convic- tions at Quarter Sessions, where, for aUempUng to steal a'single (ow), under no circumstances of aggravation; unfortunate prisoners were consign- ed to a jajjl for two years and at this moment, David Edwards eiyhty years of age, still remains a prisoner under this sentence


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