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PONTARDAWE POLICE COURT I

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PONTARDAWE POLICE COURT I Friday.—Before Messrs. G. H Strick (presiding), J. H. P. Lloyd, Samuel Jeakins, n. T. Williams, H. J. Powell, and D. T. Jones. TOO MUCH LIGHT I Robert Clark j, Herbert-street, Pont- ardawe, was charged with a contra- vention of tho Lighting Order. P.C. Jonws said he was on duty in Herbert- street on December 31 at 8.10 p.m. aHd saw two lights that were not ob- scured in any way burning in defend- ant's shop. Witness went into the shop and defendant aaid in reply to the charge, "I must plead guilty, but it waa the girl's fault." Defendant was ordered to pay the eosts. SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A I G.C.G. WORKMAN. J. Thomson, electrician, employed at the Gwauhcaegurwen Collieries, was charged under the Coal Mines Regula- tion Act with being drunk at his work, with sleeping whilst at work, and with having drink in his possession at work. He was also charged with as- saulting the police. P.S. Jenkins said he was on duty at the Gwauncaegur- wen Collieries at 10 p.m. on the night. of December 22. He called at the power-house and saw defendant asleep on a locker with a partly consumed flagon of beer near him. The engines were running, and the telephone bell was ringing. Witness1 answered the telephone and a Mr. Leyshon, chief electrician, came on the scene as a result of the telephone comnuinication. When Mr. Leyshon went out defend- ant beoame abusive, and struck the constable, smashing one of his teeth- In cross-examination witness said he saw defendant at 9 o'clock, when he was slightly under the influence of drink. Mr. Morga l Davies. solicitor, plead- ed guilty on behalf of Thomson, whom he said., waf. in a slight state of in- toxication. Defendant had been in the employ of the ooliiery company for seven years, since when he had borne a good character. The man had been in the Navy for 12 years, and had left with an excellent character, winning two good conduct badges a.nd work- ing his way up to chief stoker. He was now employed os electrician. Mr. Davies also said the man had five young ohildren, all girls, and pleaded for leniency. Mr. Strick said they were sorry to see a man with such an excellent re- cord, and who had shown so mueTT in- tellisrence, in such a position. They could not treat1 the offences as other than serious, and having regard to defendant's good character would consider the th ree breaches of the. Coal Mines Regulation Act as one, and he would be fined f.5 and P,2 loa. for the I assault on the police. CLYDACH THEFT. I E. H. Harries, Clydach, tinworker, wa.s charged with scaling two bricks of fuel iroin the Cruigola Sidings. P.C. lioach, Morriston, proved the case, .mù'said defendant admitted the theft, loan Davies, manager of the colliery, identified the bricks, and valued them at 4d. Defendant plca.ded gnilty, pro- mised not to again offend, and said he was drunk at the time. Supt. Letheren said the man had been lined at Swansea for being drunk on that occasion. He was bound over for 12 months and paid tlW costs. Defendant I'll watch it too, air. G. Pri- was fined 21 mid Gwilym Morris was fined lbs. for adapting th>aatening attitudes at Cwmgorse. Wm. Battenbough and Mary Ann Battenbough, were charged with as- saulting Margaret Rees. There was also a cross-summons. The defendants lived at Tarreni-terrace, Godre'rgraig and without hearing the case, the magistrates decided to bind both par- ties over as they were quite agree- able to be so bound.

SEVEN SISTERS I

BRITON FERRY.-I

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