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GLAMORGANSHIRE QUARTER I SESSIONS. Trials of Prisoners. I The trials of prisoners at the Epiphany sessions for the countyof Glamorgan were resumed at the Town-hall, Cardiff, on Wednesday. for the countyof Glamorgan were resumed at the Town-hall, Cardiff, on Wednesday. FIRST COURT. (Before Mr R. O. Joucs and Colonel LEE.) WOUNDING AT SWANSEA. Vyilliam Williams (28), labourer, on bail, was indicted for maliciously cutting and wounding John Rees, at Swansea, on the 25th December. Mr Benson prosecuted, and Mr B. F. Williams defended. It seems that the prosecutor is the chief inspector of the Swansea Tramway Com- pany, and that it is his duty to collect tickets on the trams at certain times. Prisoner had not a ticket, and was therefore told that he must pay his fare. After some words had passed between prisoner and the inspector the former produced a shilling, and the inspector proceeded to give him change. As prisoner was receiving the change he struck prosecutor a violent blow on the head with a stone which he had in his hand. Prosecu- tor was knocked down, and prisoner ran away, but prosecutor pursued him, and he was eventually given into custody.—The jury found prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment with hard labour. Mary Ann Peake (22), married, was charged with maliciously cutting and wounding William Davies, at Swansea, on the 11th December.—Mr J. Jones prosecuted, and the prisoner was un- defended.—It appeared that the man and woman were in the Engineers' Arms, in the Strand, on the day named, and that the woman threw a glass in his face, inflicting three wounds.—The prisoner alleged that she had only acted in self- defence, the prosecutor having taken hold of her and insulted her. She admitted that she had formerly led an improper life, but that she was now a different woman," and that the prosecutor was quite a stranger to her. While giving way to tears she expressed her sorrow for what she had done, and pleaded great provocation. -The jury found pri- soner guilty, and recommended her to mercy. She was ordered to undergo two months'imprisonment with hard labour, upon hearing which sentence she wept bitterly as she was led to the cells. NO BILL. xus grand jury threw out a bill in which Jane Meylm (46), charwoman, was indicted for stealing a purse, containing £ 4, from Carl Frederick Lewerdowig, at Swansea, on the 27th December. mL ^DECENT ASSAULT AT LLANSAMLET. xnomas ^enkms;(lb), on bail, was charged with having indecentlyassaulted,beaten, wounded, and ill-treated a girl, 16 years of age, named Elizabeth Mugford, at Llansamlet, on 13th November. Mr Abel Thomas prosecuted, and Mr B. F. Williams defended. It appeared that the young man and woman were employed at works in the neighbour- hood of Llamsamlet, and that, according to her statement, he endeavoured to take an improper advantage of her on the way home. The jury found prisoner guilty, and recommended him to mercy on account of his youth. He was sentenced to six months' hard labour. fi"- THEFTS AT MAESTEG. neury dinger (55) rag collector, pleaded guilty to stealing 1 cwt. of coal, of the value of 6d, the of Archibald Johnston, at Maesteg, on £ ?» u ^ovember and also to stealing a leather of Archibald Johnston, at Maesteg, on £ ?» u ^ovember and also to stealing a leather beuy band, °f the value of 2s, the property of the Llynvi and Tondu Company, Limited, Maesteg, on the 23rd November. He was sen- tenced to five months' imprisonment with hard labour. labour. A Tn SHOp ROBBERIES AT SWANSEA. ^unimer (71), married, was charged witn a Piece of flannel, the property of Ernest m kmrith and another, at Swansea, on the .sutn October.—The prosecutor missed some flannel from his shop door, and detective Morris, ot Swansea, discovered a quantity of flannel at of f Orchard-street, but as tnere was "° fu-- ory evidence of identity of the material, if- i lrman directed a verdict of acquittal, which was returned. -amii (4*5), married, was charged with Wollarp J)air boots from the shop of Mr Wm. u "I'.o?ansea. on the 12th December The Und in the possession of the prisoner, RW u -f P°Hce going to the shop of Mr Wallace i was found that they had been stolen from that establisjlmenj._ Prisoner now alleged that a woman gave her the boots to pledge.. SLe was found guilty, and a previous conviction having been proved against tier, she was sentenced to four months iniprisonmenf with hard labour. ALLEGED FRAGD tJPON THE GLAMORGAN COAL COMPANY. The calendar contained indiotments in which Isaac Protheroe and David Price, on bail, were charged with obtaining from the Glamorgan Coal Company, Limited, various sums of money by false pretences, at lilwynpia, on the 1st May, 1884 and also with conspiring together to defraud the company. Mr Benson was retained for the prosecutionr^nd aVJr B. F. Williams for the de- fence.—j P* Williams alluded to some fresh charges whicii had been recently introduced into the indictment, and said that he ought not to be suddenly called upon to answer them.—Mr Ben- son argued that the new charges were so similar to the others that they presented no fresh diffi- culty.kjentually was decided to refer the case to the assizes. to the assizes. H ATLEGED HOUSEBREAKING AND THEFT AT TT SWANSEA. "\Vilh^n tianiord (17), labourer, was indicted for havuig oroken into the counting-house of the Great vvestera Railway Company, at St. Thomas, Swansea* on the 22nd September, and stolen a jacket, of the value of 15 6d, belonging to Thomas Alallet. an inspector of the railway. The jacket wao left ju £ he 0gjCe on the night of Saturday* he 22nd September, and upon Mr Mallet re-- rning on Monday morning he found that the p aceL had been broken into fand the article stoleu. The jacket was found on prisoner's back two months afterwards, when he said that j 'n Lancashire. Prisoner now stated that be found the jacket at Swansea. He was found not guilty and discharged. Mr Brynmor Jones prosecuted, prisoner being unde- fended. A FRAUDULENT BAILEE AT LLANSAMLET. John Joseph, <39, labourer, was indicted for having, as the bailee of certain money, belonging to Wm. Toiilkins, converted the same to his own use, at Llansamlet, on the 10th November.—Mr J. Jones prosecuted, the prisoner being unde- fended.—It appeared that the prosecutor was a horse slaughterer at Llansamlet, and that on the day in question lie entrusted the prisoner with JE1 to buy a horse at Aberavon. The prisoner, however, according to his own admission, \Vfent on the spree and spent the sovereign. He now expressed his sorrow for what he had done, and upon a previous conviction being proved he was sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour. GROSS ATTACK ON A GAMEK.filiPHil AT SWANSEA. John Gritntns auct Edward Griffiths (on bail), father and son, were indicted for maliciously cutting and wounding William Fancourt, at Swansea, on the 3rd December. Mr Benson prosecuted, and Mr B. F. Williams defended. The prosecutor is head gamekeeper to Mr Dillwvn, M.P., and on the night of the aay named saw the two prisoners going in the direction of a cover on Penyiodau farm, over which Mr Dillwyn has the shooting right, The gamekeeper concealed him- self, but he was observed by Edward Griffiths, the son, who pointed a gun at him. The keeper approached, when the younger prisoner reversed the gun and made a blow at him with the tutt end, at the same time calling out Dad, ob, Dad come and help," The keeper closed with prisoner and they both fell to the ground, thb gun being broken in halves in the struggle. The elder prisoner threw a stone at the prosecutor, which struck Ihim on the shoulder, and afterwards each prisoner seized a part of tjie broken gun, and belaboured him (the keeper) tul ne became insensible. The prisoners were subsequently apprehended. The defence was an alibi, to prove which Mr B. F. Williams proceeded to call. witnesses. Six witnesses were called, who distinctly swore that both prisoners were not at the place alleged, and that tnev were at a place some distance away from a period before and for some time after the occurrence, xhe case occupied a long time. The jury retired to consider their verdict, and, after a delay of a few m,nutes, returned a verdict of not guilty gainst both prisoners. The court then rose. SECOND COURT. (Before Mr J. ü. FOWLER and Mr H. OUTI:I-"G AND WOUNDING AT OASmw. Padla" Kavadagas, a Greek sailor, was indieted for unlawfully and maliciously cutting, stabbing, and woundmg Thomas Stephens at Cardiff, on the 8th November last. Mr Gibbons appeared for the prosecution. On the night of the 8th November there was a row ameng some Spanish and Greek sailors in Custom-house-street, the complainant interfered, and it was alleged by the prisoner that he was knocked down and kicked by some of the roughs. < He was mm the ground with Stephens under him. Prisoner was then seen to draw a knife from his pocket and stab complainant in two places. lie immediately got up and ran away, and endeavoured to conceal the knife under a door-step. A boy saw him, and handedtheknife to the police. It was then covered with blood. The prisoner alleged that he had no knife, and that the stabbing was done by two Spaniards. The jury found him guilty, but recommended him to mercty in consequence of the provocation. Toe court considered that tbar* was net sufficient justification for him to draw a knife. As he had, however, been imprisoned for two months he would only be further impri- soned for two months with hard labour.—Antonio Toza, a seaman, was indicted for unlawfully and maliciously stabbing and wounding George Den- nison, on the Ilth Nov. last. Mr G. C. Thompson prosecuted, and Mr Abel Thomas defended the prisoner. On that night there was a disturbance in Sophia-street, and a number of seamen left a boarding-house armed with pokers, sticks, and other weapons. They struck and hit at every one in the street. Prisoner went over to the place where the complainant was stand- ing looking on. Prisoner was armed with a knife, and complainant, on seeing the prisoner rushed at him, struck the prisoner a blow on the mouth. Dennison was then knocked down, the prisoner falling on him. When on the ground the prisoner stabbed the complainant in back. The defence was that Dennison and bis companion were "bullies," and that they were frequently in the habit of quarrelling with foreign seamen. They on that evening were in reality the attacking party. The prisoner was violently assaulted, and thrown down by the prosecutor. He was injured, but some other person standing by stabbed the prosecutor. The wife of a boarding-house keeper also swore that some per- son, not prisoner, entered her house, immediately after the row, and washed his hands. The jury found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to eight months' hard labour. SHOP ROBBERIES AT CARDIFF. I Mary Hayes (37), a married woman, was I indicted for stealing three coats from the shop of Mr Colman Follick, pawnbroker and outfitter, Bridge-street, on the 17th November. The coats were missed from the doorway, and the prisoner was in a few minutes stopped by the prosecutor's assistant with the coats under her apron. She was found guilty. Several previous convictions were proved, and she was sentenced to nine months' hard labour, the lenient sentence being given in consequence of her having an infant in her arms. I —Robert Graham (28), labourer, and Edward Wilson (18), sailor, were indicted forstealing three pairs of stockings from tha shop of Mr Coleman Follick, pawnbroker and outfitter, Bridge-street, on the 13th November, 1883. Mr Gibbons pro- secuted. The prisoner Wilson offered the stock- ings in pledge at the shop of Mr Barnett, when he was detained while a police-constable was sent for. On the constable leaving the shop Graham came up and said, I gave them to Wilson to pledge. I stole them from Mr Follick's shcp but he also said, We made it up —one to steal and the other to pawn them." They were found guilty, and sent to prison, each for one month with hard labour. STEALING A WATCH. William Henry Fox, a sailor, wa3 indicted for stealing a watch and chain from the person of William Creech at Cardiff on the 7th November. He was also indicted for receiving the watch. Mr Jeffries prosecuted. Complainant was in the Rose and Crown on the night in question. He had then his watch and chain. He left, but on arriving at Blacif-welr he missed his watch and chain. How it was taken he did not know, as he was much the worse for drink at the time. The prisoner said that a sailor took the watch from the ¡ prosecutor and gave it to him to pledge.—He was j found guilty and sentenced to six months' hard labour. STEALING A WATCH FROM THE PERSON. Margaret Higgins, a married woman, was in- dicted for stealing a watch, the property of Wm. Thomas, at Cardiff, on the 26th December. Mr Evans prosecuted. The prisoner and a woman named Watts were charged at the police- court with stealing the watch. Prosecutor was at the Royal George on the 26th, having come down from Penrhiwcyber n the previous day. Both women were of bad character. They spoke to him, and Higgins asked him to let her see his watch. He gave it to her to look at, then began to talk to the other woman, and while so engaged the prisoner left the room, and on the following day attempted to pledge the watch, but was apprehended. Watts was discharged by the magistrates at the police- court, and prisoner was committed for trial at the quarter sessions. She alleged that the prose- cutor gave it to her. She was now found guilty, and sent to prison for three months, with hard labour. STEALING A GOOSE, ETC. Hannah Conway (39), a hawker, was indicted for stealing a goose, a piece of bee;, and some sausages, the property of Soloman Andrews, on the 20th December. Mr Gibbons prosecuted. A butcher at Penarth sent on that day a goose, a piece of beef, etc., to a lady at; Canton. Ila ùe- livered it at the 'bus office, Penarth. Prisoner travelled in the 'bus from Penarth to Cardiff, and saw the parcel put under the seat. When she arrived at Cardiff she took the parcel from under the seat and walked off with it. The police were informed of it, and went to prisoner's house, where the sausages were found just cooked and partly eaten, and the goose concealed under the bea, between the bedding and the sacking. Prisoner said she found the parcel in the street near the 'bus office. Prisoner had been previously con- victed several timea, and was now sent to prison for nine months with hard labour. ATTEMPTED POCKET PICKING. Martha Lane, a married woman, 52 years of age, was indicted for attempting to steal a purse and 15s, the property of and from the person of Martha Vanstone, at Cardiff, on the 20th December last. Mr Michael prosecuted, and Mr Gibbon defended the prisoner.—The prisoner was watched by Detective Smith, who was on duty in the Cardiff market on the 20th Dec., He saw her hanging about some stalls; and seeing her go up to a woman, he watched her still closer, and on seeing her go up to Mrs Vanstone, push up against her and seemed to examine her dress, he went up to apprehend her. She then left. After an elaborate summing up of counsel and the chairman the jury returned a verdict otguilty, and prisoner was sentenced te one month's imprison- ment with hard labour. INDECENT ASSAULT. Morns Dooley, a young man 19 years of age, was indicted for indecently assaulting a young woman named Margaret Da vies on the 1-t December. Mr Evans prosecuted. The com- plainant was on that day walking over a moun- tain near Cymmer. Prisoner overtook her, then nude improper overtures to her, and on her re- fusing them he followed her some distance, threw her down, and behaved in a very indecent "'id improper way. She, however, succeeded in escaping from him, leaving her cloak and hat on the ground. Prisoner then ran away, but on the following day, when he was apprehended, she at once recognised him as the person who assaulted her. Prisoner was found guilty, and sentenced to six months' -mprisonment witi hard labour. STKALING MONET AT SWANSEA. Martha Thomas, a young married woman, was indicted for stealing ..ad taking" away a sum of money amounting to 9s 4.d,jthei money of Giacamo Corvetto, at Swansea, uu the 23rd December, 88.-Mr Griffitlts prusecuted.-Proiecut(v met the prisoner in some street at Swansea, went with her to acoffee-iiousewherettiey had some coffee and some food. He gave th.e landlady half a sovereign. and prisoner went to the bar and took the change, but, as prosecutor alleged, he never intended that she should keep the change, but she left the house with it.-Prisotter, however, affirmed that she gave the prosecutor the change, and when she was apprehended only one shilling was found on her.—The jury returned a verdict of not I guilty. The oeurt then rose.

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