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seNT FOR TRIAL. I MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE AGAINST I PONTARDAWE MA:N. I Considerable interest was taken at IP,ontardawe Police Court on Friday in a tase in which Thomas Thomas (33), a mason, of Ynysmeudw, was charged with the manslaughter of his brother, David niomas, on August 30th. Annie Thomas, daughter of deceased, Repeated the evidence she gave at the in- quest. In answer to Mr. Trevor Hunter, who lefended, she said she did not think her father was injured very badly when he tame home with his head bandaged. Mrs. Annie Creall said deceased came to her house under the influence of drink, and remained a few minutes and then went away. About 20 minutes later he returned with a wound on the top of his head. By Mr. Hunter: Deceased was a big man, and he was somewhat excited when he called at her house. Evidence of Arrest. Sergt. Wood, Pontardawe, gave evi- dence of arresting defendant. When charged, defendant said He came up here and made a row. He was going to strike my wife, and I hit kior en the head with a poker in self-defence." When charged later, he said he would stick to the same as he said on the previous night. Dr. W. O. Evans described the wounds on the head, which were two inches long, And went through the skull. Witness had been called in after a fall downstairs. H-,3 attributed death to a fracture of the skull. He did not think the fracture was caused by the poker. The fall down- stairs was much more consistent with tho fracture than the blow on the bead with the poker. Deceased had a thin skull, so that if it had been a serious blow with the poker he would have be- come unconscious at once. For the defence, Mr. Hunter contended that there was not a shred of evidence against defendant. After a retirement the chairman (Mr. G, H. Sfrick) said the Bench had decided b commit defendant for trial at the next Assizes. Bail was allowed.

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