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Monmouthshire Quarter Sessions. The Midsummer Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the County of Monmouth, were opened this (Friday) morning, at the Sessions House, Usk, the nsual day-Weduesday-having clashed with the Summer Assizes. There were eight prisoners for trial on ten iudictments. The Court was composed of the following justices (amongst cthers):- Mr. S. C. Bosauquet (chairman), Sir Henry Mather Jackson, Bart, (vice-chairman", Captain Walters, R.N., Messrs. H. Humphreys. Raglan Somerset, S. N. Jones, W. Llewellin, Harold A. Williams, R. H. Williams, T. E. Watsoa. THE GRAXD JURY answered to their names and were sworn as follows:—Colonel S. D. Ingram (Xewport), foreman C. Boucher, H. E. Baddeley, I. Crocker, S. W. Jones, C. Joyce, G. J. Kenvyn, A. McMahon, A. S. Morgan, Newport J. S. Birrell, Usk T. Harding, G. W. Williams, Llanfrechfa Lower Edward Jones, W. R. Williams. Pontypool; J. V. Lewis, Blackwood: P. Marfell, Bettws Newydd B. Rees, Rhymney P. H. Seargeant, D. Watkins, W. D. Woodward, Abergavenny A. S. Scard, Caerleon J. D. Williams, Tredegar and H. A. Williams, Chepstow. TRIALS OF PRISONERS. THE CHARGE. The Chairman, in his charge to the Grand Jury, stated that there were eight prisoners for trial. None of the cases would, he thought, give them any trouble. They had only to fiud that a prima facie case had been made out to send it before a common iurv. ADJOUEXED. Lord Raglan's motion, of which he had given notice, was adjourned in consequence of his lord- ship's unavoidable absence- It referred to the desirability of restorinur to Visiting Committees the uncontrolled power of ordering the infliction of corporal punishment upon prisoners. FIRST COURT. Before the QHAIBMAN, aud other Magistrals, John Hunt (oil haiH. 20, lauotiref, was cnarged with obtaining 2s. by false pretences from Alfred Richard Lingiug, at Pontypool, on the 8th July. In this case, which had been deferred from the Trinity Sessions, it appeared that defendant was on active service in South Africa, and it was again deferrtd. FALSE PRETENCES. Edwin Elveaton, 46, clerk, was indicted for obtainiug £ 2 28. by means of false pretences from George Woodings, at Wolvesnewton, on or about the oth April. Defendant pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude, he having previously served other terms. STEALING A PONY. William Croome, 32, chimney sweep, was charged with stealing a horse pony, value C3, the property of William Collings, at Bedwas on the 7th February. Mr. Corner prosecuted- The evidence went to show that prisoner was in the district at the time the pony was stolen, he having stopped in the Chemical Works at Maesycwmmer, until 2 a.m. on the morning the animal-which had been safely atabled within 200 or 300 yarde of the works-was missed. The same morning at ten minutes to 6 he sold it for 10s., to a Merthyr horse-dealer, named Boulton. Prisoner was arrested at Cheltenham.— Prisoner's defence was an alibi, but there was no evidence forthcoming.—The jury found the prisoner guilty, and the Vice-Chairman in sentencing him to 12 months' hard labour, pointed out that there was a very long list of previous convictions against him. —Prisoner disappeared from the dock asserting his innocence, and could be heard howling below for some little time. SEVEN YEARS. Thomas Pilkington, 37, engineer, was charged (I) with obtaining food and lodgings (amounting to 2s.) by false pretences from Nellie Richards, at Rogerstone, on the llth May (2), with similarly obtaining food-and lodgings (3s.), from Mary Ann Jpnes, at Risca, on the 12th May and (3), with stealing a silver watch (value 30s.), the property of William Henry Howard Bailey, at Baeselleg, on the 12th May. Prisoner pleaded guilty to each indictment, and having a very bad record against him was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude. WOUNDING CASE. Joseph Francis Augustus Whistler, 24, labourer, was indicted for maliciously wounding Thomas McCarthy, at Ebbw Vale, on the 26th May. Defendant pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to six months' hard labour, the Chairman remarking that it was bad enough for men to fight, but when they used the knife they must be punished henvily. GROSS CRUELTY. George Roberts, 25, labourer, was indicted for maliciously maiming and wounding a horse, the property of Charles Howells, at Monmouth, on the 18th June. Prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to four mouths' hard labour, the Chairmau hoping that he would not be guilty of such all act alrain. C, U SECOND COURT. Before the VICE-CHAIRMAN, and other Magistrate!1. "NOT GUILTY." Frank Henry Hooker, 18, labourer, on bail, was indicted for breaking into and entering the dwelling- house of Iltyd Gardner, at Llanwenarth Ultra, on the 10th May, and stealing therein three ornaments. Mr. R. Freeman prosecuted, and prisoner was un. defended. From the evidence adduced it appeared that I prisoner was in custody at Abergavenny on another charge when he made a statement which led to his being charged with the present offence and to which be replied, I was there but I didn't want to go." He then said that Alfred Morgan made him go, and described how Morgan got into the house while he waited outside. Morgan afterwards offered him an ornament, which he refused to take. Evidence was given by the servant girl, and the police which bore out prisoner's description of the entry.— Prisoner now declined to ask the witnesses any questions, to call or give evidence, or to address the jury.—The jury, however, found prisoner not guilty and he was discharged. ACQUITTED. Robert Francis Flannagau, 31, labourer, on bail, was charged with receiving from Thomas Tovey, at Abersychan on the 1st June. a quantity of brass, value £3 10s., the property of the Pontnewynydd Sheet and Galvanising Co., Ltd., well knowing the same to have been stolen. Mr. Bosanquet was for the prosecution, and in his opening statement, said the man Tovey had been convicted of stealing the brass m question. About the time of the theft prisoner was selling or offering for sale a quantity of brass. On the police- sergeant going to prisoner's house he admitted the fact of having the brass from Tovey. and of having it in his possession. The brass was in ingots, and stamped with a name. Prisoner made a leng state- ment to the jury, in which he sought to ebow that be was acting in a bona, fide way in the matter, and I as an intermediary between Tovy and a dealer.—The jury acquitted him.

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