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Monmouthshire Quarter Sessions.

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MONMOUTHSHIRE I SUMMER ASSIZES. The Summer Ansizes for the County of Mon- mouth wete opened on Wednesday at the Shire Hall, Monmouth, before Mr. Justice Day. The Calendar contained the name* of nine prisoners who had been committed upon ten indictments. Hill Lordship, who with Lady Day and party drove from Speech House to Monmouth on Tuesday, was accompanied on the Bench by Ladv Day, the Hon. John Maclean Rolls (High Sheriff), the Rev. A. Maclaverty, Vicar of Llangattock (Sheriff's Chap- lain), and Councillor J. W. Howse. Mayor of Mon- mouth, who wore his scarlet robe and chain of office. THE GIUSD JURY. I Sir Henry Mather-Jackson, Bart., foreman Col. Sir A. Mack worth, Bart., Messrs. S. C. Bosanquet, J. M. Bannerman, J. A. Bradney, U. W. E. Marsh, W. Llewellin, G. Griffin-Griffin, J. T. Price, A. C. Jones, D. W. Jenkins, J. M. Mulligan, H. Humphreys, T. G. Prosser, S. N. Jones, Albert A. Williams, Raglan Somerset, Harold A. Williams, Colonels Mansell, J. Davies, Walwyn, Captains Powell and Waters, R.N. THE CHARGE. Sir Henry Mather-Jackson. Bart., was foreman of the grand jury. His Lordship congratulated them and the county generally upon the satisfactory diminution of crime as revealed in the calendar. There were only nine prisoners, and the charges against them were all of an ordinary character and such as would occasion the grand jury no difficulty whatever. TRIALS OF PRISONERS. I ALLEGED WOUNDING OF A FATHER. I William John Davies, on bail, was indicted for wounding Joseph Davies, his father, at Ebbw Vale between 10.30 and 11 on the evening of the 7th April. Prisoner went home drunk and quarrelled with his father when he tried to get him to bed, striking the first blow. A lot of fighting and scuffling ensued, in which a son-in-law named Webb took part, and the prisoner took down a hatchet hanging in the kitchen and tried it on the door of the room to get into another part of the house. The father received a wound in the groin, which com- pelled him to keep in bed for fire weeks, but the father in his endeavours to screen his son said he suffered no pain. It was a little scuffle, he said, whereupon Mr. Moreton Brown, who was for the defence, wanted to know whether it was not a pretty big struggle. Well, I do not know," replied the father, it may have been a big one." He struck his son with his fists, and so did Webb, but he did not think the prisoner meant to wound him. He got the blow as the door from the back kitchen was burst in, and the son came through flourishing the hatchet. The mother told the Court the wound was inflicted in the rush. She held the door until the panel wasjsplintered. Prisoner was found not guilty, and be was discharged. NEWPORT CHARGE IGNORED. The grand jury ignored the bill against William Henry Edmunds (48), shopkeeper, indicted for felo- niously assaulting and ravishing Alice Maude Jardine, at Newport, on the 25th May. The case against the accuied, who iyas on bail, accordingly fell to the ground. I SEVERE SENTENCE ON A POSTMAN. lom Jiiuwara -tiaroid harror (21), postman, pleaded guilty to stealing two letters containing money and postal orders at Monmouth on the llth February and 14th February. Mr. Cleeve, bar- rister, representing the Postmaster-General, said the prisoner had been employed by the Post Office since 1892, first as telegraph messenger and then as rural postman. The postal authorities were not aware of any other thefts, but when the house where prisoner lived was searched six or seven letters were found which had not been delivered, and numerous com- plaints had been received of the loss of letters containing money and postal orders. Prisoner expressed his sorrow for what he had done. His father died two years ago, aud he had to maintain his mother and two youug brothers. He got into bad company and did wrong. His Lordship told the prisoner that there was no excuse or pallia- tion for his offence, and sentenced him to five years, penal servitude. Prisoner disappeared from view, aud immediately afterwards sobs of Oh, mother, Oh, mother, Oh dear, Oh! deepened the sympathy of the Court with the prisoner on his severe sen- tence. The sentence was subsequently reduced to eighteen months ? SINGULAR lilGAUY CASE, I Mary Ann Barrett (48), laundress, was indicted for bigamy at Raglan on 21st December, 1891. The prisoner's husband, to whom she was married at Union Chapel, Berkeley, in 1879, was in the year 1889 seatenced at Gloucester Assizes to 10 years' penal servitude for attempting to murder his wife by cutting1 her throat. Two years afterwards she married Edward Powles at Raglan Parish Church, and had since lived at Raglan and conducted herself well, working hard and bringing up five children, by Barrett, respectably. Mr. Jonea, parish clerk of Raglan, in reply to Sir. Corner said Barrett told him he was prosecuting his wife. She had, he said, made him Buffer for what he had done to her, and he would make her suffer. Barrett came out on ticket-of-leave in 1897. Mr. Moreton Browne for the prosecution, said the prisoner could not allege that she believed Barrett to be dead, because be was under lock and key, and it would have been easy to ascertain through the Home Office as to his health. The Vicar of Raglan gave the prisoner an excellent character, and Mr. Corner, for the defence, said the husband promised to write constantly to her, but he did not do so, and she heard from her husband's sister that he was dead. She honestly believed that her husband was dead, and married Powles, the village blacksmith. The interval of three years which had elapsed between the time of her husband coming out on ticket-of-leave and commencing the prosecution showed that he was actuated by sheer spite. The jury found prisoner guilty, with a recommendation to mercy. His Lordship ordered prisoner to be bound over in 15 to come up for judgment when called upon, and prisoner tearfully thanked his Lordship, and there was applause in Court at the decision. THE ABERCiBX MANSLAUGHTER. Harry Kees (J4), brake-driver, mrrendered and pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Charles Morgan, at Mynyddisllwyn, on the 30th April. The prisoner was engaged to drive a waggonette in e e a funeral procession, and got so drunk that on the homeward journey he drove into the deceased, who was returning home with his wife from market in a cart, and deceased was thrown out and sustained injuries which led to his death. His Lordship told him he ought to feel sorrow for the rest of bis life for having, in a dinuken state, killed a fellow- creature. He himself bad no sympathy for nor mercy with such conduct, but as the prosecution had recommended him to mercy as a respeotable man whose only failing was that he was occasionally addicted to drink, he would carry out their wishes. A sentence of three months' hard labour was then passed. SHOOTING AT A WIFE. Charles King (65), shoemaker, was indicted for shooting at his wife, Margaret King, with intent to kill her, at Dingestow, on the 27th May. On the Sunday morning named prisoner bad been drinking heavily, and told his wife to draw him more cider. She pretended to have, or really had, lost the key of the tap, and prisoner, becoming angry, came downstairs and threatened to shoot her. She ran out of the house and got behind a hedge. Prisoner stood at the door of the cottago and Bhot at the hedge. About 45 pellets entered her left cheek and head. She returned into the house to bathe her face, and prisoner said he was very sorry. To the police officer who arrested him, he said, I could not see her, I had no more intention of shooting her than of blowing my own brains out." His Lordship said there was no actual malice the act was that of a drunken sot. The jury found prisoner guilty of unlawfully wounding, and he was sentenced to 12 months' hard labour. I ALLEGED OUTRAGE AT NEWPORT. Harry Mayne (16), and Frederick Mayne (19), were indicted for an offence upon Eliza Ann Ruth Lewis, 15 years of age, at Newport, on the 24th of April. Mr. Marchant prosecuted, and Mr. Corner defended. The defence was that the girl was a consenting party, and told Harry Mayne that she was 18 years old. The jury found the lads not euiltv, and they were discharged. I PERJURY AT PONTYPOOL. Elizabeth Lewis (39), married, was indicted for committing perjury before the Pontypool magistrates on the hearing of an application for a temporary liceuce of the Old Oak alehouse, Blaenavon, on the 24th of February. When called upou to plead, Mrs. Lewis said Guilty, but I'm very innocent of it.- The Cl.rk of Arraigns: You must say whether von are guilty or not guilty.—Mrs, Lewis: Well I'm guilty, sir.—Mr. Corner said he appeared for the accused, and that it was acting upon his advice that she had pleaded guilty. Sentence was deferred until a later period, when prisoner was awarded four months' imprisonment. This concluded the criminal business. CIVIL CASES. Two civil actions, namely, Jones v. Griffiths, for goods sold and delivered, and Fricker v. Freeman, a promissory note transaction, were entered for hearing but the latter action was settled before the criminal business concluded. The Court afterwards proceeded with the hearing of Jones v. Griffiths, which bad not concluded when the Court rose. The jury, on Thursday, returned a verdict for plaintiff for the full amount, JE208 ICa., for which judgment was given.