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Alleged Revoking Cruelty


Alleged Revoking Cruelty MARINE STORE DEALER CHARGED j Bert Cross, a marine store dealer, was charged on remand at the Police Court yesterday with torturing a mare by cut- ting its tongue on November Sth. Mr. T. R. Ludford appeared for the prosecution and Mr. Mervyn Paton de- fended. The facts of the case were reported in our last issue. Det.-Sergt. T. Davies. stated that he visited the defendant's stable where he saw the horse, which was bleeding from saw the horse, which ?i-. the mouth. Witness examined the mouth of the'horse and found that a piece of the tongue had been cut off by a sharp in- strument. It was a clean cut. Defendant told him that the tongue had been cut by the rope of the halter. Mr. Ludford: In your opinion is it possible for the cut to have been caused by the thick rope of a halter ?-Im- possible. Mr. Paton: If this man had wilfully cut the horse's tongue, don't you think you would be the last person he would have approached ?-No. Don't you think you were very pre- cipitate in coming to the conclusion without consulting a vet. that a sharp instrument had been used ?—N o. The R.S. P.C.A. Inspector Inspector J. Milliard, R.S.P.C.A., said he visited the defendant's stable, and on examining the chestnut mare's mouth found about two inches of the tongue missing. He came to the conclusion that it had been cut off by some sharp in- strument, the cut being pcr-ftctly clean and straight. Mr. Paton: Will you set up your opinion against two or the leading vets. in the country tt the tongue was cut by a sharp instrument ?—Yes. P.J. Mulcaire, veternary surgeon, said that at 3 p.m. on November 8th, he ex- amined the mare, and from the nature of the wound he came to the conclusion without any doubt that it had been caused by a sharp instrument. It could not have been caused by the rope pro- duced. Mr. Ludford Could the mare have bit its own tongue off ?-It might have done so, but the wound would have been a different one. Mr. Paton: Would it be a difficult operation for the defendant to cut the horse's tongue ?-It depends upon what kirfll of instrument was used. How many men would it take to wrench a horse's mouth open P—I have often done it myself. Do you suggest that Cross opened the horse's mouth and cut its tongue by him- self ?—I make no suggestion. Wm. Davies John, veterinary surgeon, Ammanford, gave corroborative evidence. He added that of iate he had had some experience of horses' tongues being cut by rope pressure, but the wounds were different to this. A horse would never cut its own tongue off clean by means of II its teeth. Mr. Paton: If you were the defendant in a field by yourself how would you go about cutting its tongue off ?—I would not care to undei-take the job. It would be very difficult, wouldn't it? — Further cross-examination, witness said that in his opinion the horse's tongue was bruised and then cut off. Mr. Paton Do you think the defend- ant could have cut the horse's tongue off with a knife in a field ?-No. Then you disagree with Mr. -Niulealre. Yes. Denial by the Defendant. Defendant said he placed the rope of the. halter in the mare's mouth in order that he might drive and hold her easily. He. then rode bare back, and in a quarter of all hour succeeded in coming up to the blaek horse which he was endeavouring to catch for Wyman. The black horse stopped and began to walk. lie caught hof8 cf the animal by the tolil, bolding the, rope andibt--Il in the same hand. It j w his intention to pick up the chain wbfth was hanging from the neck of the bl#k horse. horsc, bolt, dragging witness r.nJ his mare along. At j the time he was oh the ground and was dragged along ror ten or fifteen yards, HeiSfhen noticed s 1 leecl- t I ing from the mouth, and discovered that j a piece of the tongue was missing. D. S. Weir, veterinary surgeon, SWall- sea, said he examined the mare on the 11th inst., and came to the conclusion that the wound was lacerated and its ap- pearance was quite compatible with the defendant's story. In witness' opinion the missing portion of the tongue could not have been removed by means cf a sharp instrument. The wound could have been caused by a rope or chain. Replying to the Clerk, witness said that on nine occasions he had known pieces of horse's tongues being eomplete- iy severed by a piece of rope. J. Evans, veterinary surgeon, Llanelly also gave evidence to the effect that the tongue could not possibly have been cut by a sharp instrument by the defendant in an open field. The Bench reserved their decision until December 17th. J






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