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FARMERS AT LOGGER-1 HEADS

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FARMERS AT LOGGER- 1 HEADS IMPORTANT CASE AT LLANDOVERY I At the Llandovery Petty Seesions on Friday. Rees Jones, Pant, Llandovery, charged Charles Griffiths, senior, Ccfn- telyh, with unlawfully wounding, and Willie Griffiths, of above with the same offence, and Charles Griffiths, junior, and Edgar Griffiths with aiding and abetting. There were several cross sum- monses. The cases evoked considerable interest, the court being crowded during the hearing. „ The parties on both side* are well known local farm ere.—Mr. T. li. Imdford, Llanell.v, appeared for Rees Jones, and Mr. Daniel Watkins, Lam- peter, for the defendants.—Rees Jones, Pant, Llandovery, deposed that the de- fendant Charles Griffiths, senior, who lived at Cefntelych, was a neighbour of his.- During the last nine months the re- lations between witness and Griffiths had not b«n at all well. In April of this year he caused a letter to be written to Char!ef. Griniths complaining of his family's conduct. In June witness gave defendant a summons for putting his dogp to damage his sheep. Charles Griffiths and Williams, Yergwm, came to try to settle, and they agreed on condi- tion that they would let him have peace from that time forward and they paid 1 he costs. Ag'ain in November witness caused a letter to be written to Charles Griffiths. Dealing with the four defen- dants for the last 3 months, he said they on one occasion threatened him. Willie Griffiths had a long stick and Charles had the side of a ladder. This was in 'I April. Coming to the 12th of December witness said Tom Jones, Wcrnfelen, was with him. They had been seeing sheep in the field the other side -of 'Defendant was the owner of Cefntelych. Witness had to go over defendant's farm, and pass his house to get to bis own fields. Coming back from the fields near C'efntelych they met Edgar Griffiths. He was driving a horse and cart, and coming towards them. He pulled the horse's head in a certain direction to prevent witness passing him. There was plenty of I'KHl for him to pass without doing that. Wit- ness said: "Can't we have room to pj-sg boy? In reply he pcreanied. (Laughter). Witness had not given him any cause to scream. The family of Cefntelych then camo to meet them, led by Charles Griffi- ths. The others were Willie, Charlie (junior), and Mrs. Griffiths. He could not say the order they came. They came at the double. Edgar afterward s came from the cart and struck witness on the head. He saw nothing with Willie till he struck him. Charlie had a large shep- herd's crook. He held up his hand befqre Charles Griffiths whrn he came on, but did not attempt to strike him. Willie Griffiths struck him (wi<tnec-.s) with the iron bar (pi-,Aiieedl on the left side of the head. Witness fell. When he came to, himself he could see nothing, as blood was filling his eyes. As lie lay on his back he saw Griffiths, senior, catching hold of him and striking him with his (witness's ) stick on the head. Willie wa-s also st rik- injj witness with the iron bar. Berth were striking him on the head. Witness held lus left hand over his head to defend him- self. Charles Girffiths, senior, bit his hand. Witness threw Charles Grif- fiths with all his strength away from him. As witness was rising j Willie and Edgar hit him over the head. Witness got hold of a piece of stick and aefeed himself as well as he could, and mocked the nearest to him. Ho was ture it was Edgar he struck first. Wit- ness then got hold of the top of the iron !:>ar referred to, which was in the hand of Millie Griffiths, and threw Willie away Irom him. Mrs. Griffiths then tried to fet the bar from witness. Witness then irent to see if they had done any injury to Tom Jones. The three had their staves up at tho time—Charles, Willie and Charlie (sons). Witness took the iron bar towards them and struck Charlie Griffiths (senior) once. There were many marks on his body besides those on the head and hand. After striking Griffiths with the bar, witness turned round to resist Willie and Charlie Griffiths. When they saw this they ran. Willie went towards the house shouting; out "Gun." 'Gun/' several timeo. This finished the fighting. As soon as he got home witness sent for a doctor, and was! still under Dr. Elton's care. Thomas Jones, W, erufelen, Llandovery, 1 the man who was with the last witness, gave corroborative evidence. Dr. Elton, Llandovery, deposed to examining Bees Jones on Sunday. IIe was away on Saturday, and Dr. Morgan attended Jones in the interim. Jones had been ftck during the night. He com- plained of a bad headache and giddiness, 1 and was rather shakey. On the left side of his hekid there was a wound .!t inches long. Oil the right side of his head there were bruises and weats. and some small i cuts. On the right forehead there was an abrasion from a blow. On the right a black mark and a small cut below it. The fingers of the right hand had abrasions. There wa.,i, ati injury to the thumb and; the left hand, and also the wrist and fore- arm. There were brrises on both knees. For the defence, Edgar Grimtha, aged 14. son of Charles Griffiths, Cefntclych. said he saw Rees and Thomas Jones on the 12th inst. Witness was in a cart below the house. feces Jones stopped and gave witness a blow aercss f-lie legs with a stick. Witness screamed. He heard his mother calling his father. Witness re- mained in tl, cart, and then went down to mind the horse. He denied that he helped bis brother Willie to assault Rees Jones. Witness afterwards fetched the police. Witness did not see the fight. Dr. Morgan, I landovery, deposed to examining the last witness on the 12th inst. 11a found a weal about two inches long and nearly an inch wide across his buttocks. The mark was consistent with his having been struck with the stick (produced). He afterwards examined Charles Griffiths (senior). He foun- his face covered with blood coming from a wound over the forehead about two inches long. There was a sr^nljer wound over! (kt left eyebrow, a punctures wound on Up of the head, extending down to the bene He had a big contusion or bruiso on the angle of th& jaw on the left side. The bruises were such as could be caused bv a stick. He examined Willie Griffiths. There was a bruise under the left eye. In the case of Rees Jones he found a long wound on the top of the head, about four inches long, a large bruise on the fore- Jiead, some bruises on both knees, and nhrasions on the fingers. Jones said the wounds on the hand had been caused by teeth. Charles Griffiths, senior, Cefntelych, said he heard his wife screaming and say- ing that Edgar was having it. He could pec Tom Jones coming towards the house, and following him Rees Joneg, whom he saw hitting with a' tick, but he could not see Edgar or the cort. He was hitting with all his might. Witness then made his! way down to the house and asked the iwo boys—Willie and Charlie—to go with him to Edgar, who he had heard crying piteouslv. After passing the houfse HCffl Tones a.nd Tom Jones came to meet him. &< soon as he came near them they rushed Dn witness with their sticks and beat him. Witness turned to Rees Jones to defend himself. He. did not remember hitting him, unless he hit him with his fist. Wit- ness bad nothing in his hands. Wit- ness's two sons were behind, and they joined in. Charlie and Willie had been jpmrryiug in the morning, and were start- j ing again after dinner. One of them had ft crow-bar in his hand. It was Charlie. 'Witness did not see Charlie or Willie using the crow-liar against Rees Jones. Low Jonas struck witness with his stick. and Thomas Jones did the same. They 1 struck witness many times. Eventually witness was knocked down and stunned. A t last witne? had hold of Rees Jones, and he put him on his back on the floor, Witlls did not strike with a ?tick at all. He did not ?ee Willie, his son, strike Hoes Jones with a crow-bur. Rees Jones rose up soon, and Tom Jones, with- a. branch in his hand, went to beat witness, and as he was trying to get the branch from Jones he was knocked down from behind and became unconscious. After he re- gained consciousness he saw Rees and j Tom Jone« rushing after Charlie. Eecx Jones had the crow-bar in his hand, and I Tom Jones had a branch. Rees Jones D<lid to witness that he was going to take the crow-bar with him, and threatened that when he met them one by one he would be-at them again. Both then left, Roes Jones carrying the crow-bar on his shoulder. Charles Gnfoths, son of the last wit- ness, corroborated, and Willie Grimtha also gave evidence. He admitted slri k- I ing Rees Jones several times with the stick (produced). The Bench retired. On their return the Chairman said: We have decided in this case to commit all the defendants for trial. We cannot see that we can do any- thing else unless we dismiss it, and the responsibility is too great to do that. Really it is a very serious case. Thcre- fore they must go to the Quarter Sessions to be tried. In respect to the counter-charges, the hearing was fixed for Thursday.

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