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YSTRADGYNLAIS POLICE COURT. Tuesday, before Messrs. J. E. Moore I Ghryn, E. G. Bent hull, Morgan Price, I Dd. Williams and Baron COOerstrom. I PUBLICANS' GOOD CONDUCT. I Tuesday was the day fixed ior the j annual Ilemaing w&gions, but very little time waa taken up in this r?- spect. Tke Clerk (Mr Jeatyn Jeffreys) read the annual report of Police Superin- tendent Joais. It was to the effect that there were in the district 36 fully licensed houses, and one beer house. Seventeen persons had been proceeded against for drunkenness, and 15 were convicted. Thia showed a decrease of 28 convictions over the corresponding period of 1914. The licensed houses h-ad been satisfactorily conducted during the year. The population of the district was 10,671. which gave an average of 399 persons to each house. The Chairman "id the magistrates were very pleased with the satisfactory report of the Superintendent. There was no objection on the part of the police to any house, and the licenses would all be renewed. D. AND D. Lewis Thomaa, a collier, was sum- moned for beink drunk and disorderly 011 Gough road, on January 14th. P.C. Turford gave eviaence, and a fine of 12a. was imposed. HUSBAND AND WIFE. PERSISTENT CRUELTY CASE FROM ABERCRAVE. John E. Jones, collier, of Brookland terraoa, Aborcr&ve, was summoned by his wife Margaret Ann Jones, for per- aisient cruelty on January 23rd, and other dates. Mr Yaughan Edwards (Swansea), ap- geared for complainant, and, Mr Jones Williams defended. Complainant said she had lived with the defendant up to January 23rd. Thev were married in 190ri. There were five children alive out of six. Her husband's earnings w<*re £ 2 a week. Defendant first started ill- treating her about two years ago. He came home drunk on that occasion, Mid ill-treated her badly. She left the house on that occasion for five days. As a result of interviews she went back to defendant. In July last, a month bef ore the last child was born he kicked her on the side, and he had flan given her black-eyes. Defendant's habit on a Sunday was to stay in bed 311 day, and he spent the time in drinking two cases of beer, which he had with him in the room. On Sunday, January 23rd. she went out to her sister's house, and when she returned defendant as ked what she had been doing over there. She said her sister had been very good to her during her confinement. Defend- ant thereupon picked up a knife, and threw it at her head. It struck her just above the eye. She produced the I knife. At this stage Mr Edwards read a letter from Dr. Watson to the effect that he was attending Mrs. Jones for pains in the aide, and a alight cut over the eye. In reply to Mr Williams, complain- ant said she had never neglected to cook dinner for her husband on any Sunday, and she had never been down to her sister's house for dinner on the Sunday. The summons had not been taken out at the instigation of her family. Asked how her little boy Willie had been burnt about the head, complainant said that the bey burnt himself. Mr Williams said he would < £ 11 the boy to prove that complainant burnt the boy. Morgan Griffiths, 1 Morgan street, Abercrave, brother-in-law of com- plainant, said that on the morning of January 24th, Mrs. Jones came to his house. Witness noticed a slight cut above the eye, and it was bleeding. Complainant was quite excited, and after the wound had been washed he took her to see the doctor. By Mr Williams: He had not ad- j vised her to take the proceedings. Mrs. Edith Griffiths, Mrs. Elizabeth David, Mrs. Hipkiss and Inspector Evans, N.S.P.C.C., were also called. The latter said he had asked defendant whether he had beaten his wife at all, and he said he had not done so of late. He had the complainant ex- amined by a medical man. He was of the opinion that the defendant was a neglectful parent. He found the beds dirty and insufficient. The children were well nourished, but badly clothed. Mr Jones Williams for the defence alleged that the real mischief was due to the complainant's family. He ad- mitted that there had been some family tiffs, but ho denied that there had been persistent cruelty. Defendant gave evidence. He denied striking his wife with a knife. He admitted reprimanding her be- cause she was spending so much time with her relations. Every time his wife left the house she left of her own accord. Mr Williams: You are an in- dustrious man ? Defendant: Yes, sir. You kill a pig every year?—Yes, sir (laughter). You have had to do the housework ? -Yes sir. I have had to do the wash- ing and baking. (More laughter). Is it true that you have been drink- ing two cases of flagons every Sunday ? —No, sir. Onlv twice I have had two oases in the house. Do you have any help to drink them? --No, sir. How long will two cases last you?— About three davs, sir. In reply to Mr Edwards defendant said that his wife had always left the house of her own accord. He admitted that his wife had had blackeyes. Mr Edwards: How did she got the blaekeyes? Defendant: On one occasion it was <hT* to the blast. Mr Edwards: Oh, a blackeye caused In- th". blast. •(Laughter). Frank Atkins said be -had lived with tllP parties for some months. Mrs. Williams: Did you hem* any in tho hon^e ? -s. v. v,. 1 1. her. quarelling. No couple, in my opinion, can be happy without that. (Laughter). Mr Williams: The making up is very sweet. (Renewed laughter). Mrs. Wilcox, the Brooklands ter., said she had known the couple for several years. She knew they had a few words occasionally. Mr Edwards: I understand you are quite happy with your husband. Witness: No, not quite. We have a few words very often, but we don't come to Ystradgynlaia to settle it. My husband gives in to me. (Laughter). Have you ever seen the defendant washing at his house ?-Oh, yes, many times, and with the Dolly Peg, too. (More latightor). After retirement the Bench mado a separation order for El a week, the wife to have the custody of the five children. PENWYLLT ASSAULT. John Whiffcford, Colbren, was sum- moned for assaulting David Davies, Penwyllt, on January 14th. There was a cross summons. Mr Jones-Williams appeared for Davies. Mr Morgan watc h e d the ca-se Davies (Pontardawe), watched the case for the landlady of the Penwyllt Inn. Mr Jones Williams said that his client Davies had been employed under the Penwyllt Silica "Works as watch- man for the past 13 years. On January 14th, he hadoccasion to go to Penwyllt Inn to get brandy for his wife, who was ill. When he got to the door of the house, he saw defendant, who was behind the door. Defendant started calling him bad names, but Davies took no notice, and endeavoured to get into one of the rooms. Defendant followed, and adopted a fighting atti- tude, and the landlady was called up- on to prevent Whiteford from striking Davies. This was about 7.30 p.m., and Davies managed to leave the house bv means of a back door. At 9 o'clock Davies went to the works to make his j usual inspection, and as he had orders j not to allow anyone on the premises in the night. Defendant was the secre- j tary of a club at the Penwyllt Inn, but the complainant had an objection to joining the club in question. Com- plainant had been followed about by Whiteford on many occasions with a. view of trying to get him to joining I the club. At ten o'clock Davies saw a man coming towards the works, and he recognised him as defendant. Com- I plainant said that WTiiteford was not to come into the works that night. j Whiteford approached, however, and gave complainant a violent blow on the face. He said he insisted upon! going into the works. Davies a<rain tried to stop him, but 'Vhitford again struck him about the face. The son of complainant and a man named Childs then came on, and overpowered the de- ,¡ fendant. Evidence was called to substantiate the advocate's story. ) Defendant afterwards wrnt into the box, and alleged that Davies and others were the aggressors. By Mr Jones Williams: Defendant I admitted that he had slept at the work's cabin on one night "because it was wet. On the night in question he. was on the way to the Huts near the works, where he had been offered lodgings. He admitted that there had been an argument between him and Davies over the club. He alleged that Davies had influenced several men from joining the club. The club was not held at the Penwyllt Inn. It had been removed from there Witnesses were called in support of Whiteford's statement. I After retirement the case against Whiteford was considered proved, and 1,1" \Yf1 IVIFHL F!T. T RO PI*O^"R^'TXNIITVOTIS v 11



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