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CAERLEO. SPECIAL SESSIONS, MONDAY. Before A. M. PILLI-NER. Ecq. (in the chair), the Rev. D. B. JoxES. A. WILLIAMS, Esq., and G. B. T. N ICHOLL, Esq. ALLEGED ASSAULT BY THE POLICE. The adjourned hearing was resumed of the case in which P.S. George Lewis and P.O. John Rowlands were charged with assaulting Samuel Morgan Jennings, a mason, at Caerleon, on the 29th May. Mrs. Bessie Houghton, of the Bull Inn, Caerleon, stated that about 5.30 p.m. on the date in question, Jennings came into the bar, followed a few minutes later by his housekeeper, a woman named Ada Harris. P.S. Lewis came in shortly after and said Yon should not have served this woman she is drunk now." Lewis told Jennings to take the woman home, and they left together. Jennings was aiot drunk, but both might have had some drink. William James Houghton, landlord of the Bull, stated that Jennings and Harris left the house quietly and Lewis made no complaint. In a few minutes he saw the sergeant pass on his bicycle. Shortly afterwards he returned, caught hold of Jennings by the back of his coat, and threw him down. He put his right knee on Jennings's chest, and crossed his arms. Then he caught hold of him by the collar, pulled him up, twisted him round, and then let him drop again. Lewis fell with him, and still kept his knee on his chest. Jennings was helpless, and did not struggle. A milkcart was passing, and Lewis pulled Jennings into it. The 11 75 cart went off at a trot. One of Jennings' feet was dangling upon the ground and Lewis was kneeling in the cart. Witness saw no reason for the rough treatment Jennings received. Jennings was shout- ing and throwing his arms about when Lewis accosted him. He appeared to be excited. Mrs. Mary Mackenzie, High Street. Caerleon, corroborated, adding that Lewis bumped Jennings's head upon the ground. Plaintiff did not resist. The violence used was quite unnecessary. Mrs. Ricketts, a. neighbour, remembered P.C. Rowlands bringing Jennings home on the 30th. His face was very badly swollen and bruised. This was the case for the prosecution. Dr. C. W. De Gruchy stated that he examined Jennings on the 30th May. He was in a weak state, and complained of pains in the stomach. He noticed a slight bruise below the left collar bone. He was dazed, and did not complain of bruises on the back. Both eyes were discoloured, and the forehead and the nose seemed bruised. Edward Arnold Green said he heard Lewis say to Jennings, You go home, Sam, or else I shall have to lock you up." Jennings replied, "I shall go when I like." Ada Harris told Jennings not to take any notice of that thing. Where ignorance is bliss 'tis folly to be wise.' He thought Jennings was drunk. He was very noisy. Witness con- sidered that plaintiff resisted the sergeant, but did not see him attempt to strike him. William Henry Dean thought if Jennings was not drunk he must have been mad. lYilliam Marsh did not think more violence wa used than was justifiable, Geurge W iUiam Stai'k, a dairyman, said he was passing through Caerleon in his cart, and saw rgeant Lewis struggling with Jennings. Plaintiff .said, If you will let me get up I'll go quietly." Lewis allowed him to do so, but when he was released Jennings tried to strike Lewis, but was prevented. Jennings was put into the cart, and Lewis held him down by the collar, and with one knee across Jennings's knee. Upon arriving at the police station, Lewis handed Jennings over to Rowlands. The sergeant did not enter the police station, but returned to the Bull to fetch his bicycle. An insurance agent, named Oakley, gave similar evidence. P.C. John Rowlands stated that Lewis handed Jennings over to him. Witness searched plaintiff, I and found a purse containing llM. upon him. He did not notice any marks on JetitiJtlps'a face that night. He saw them there in the morning, but did not know the cause. He had a struggle to get Jennings into the cell, and when he bad locked him up Jennings commenced to kick against the door. Jennings struck his forehead against the door when entering, but witness did not know how be received his black eyes. The following morning Jennings was discharged. Lewis did not go IfitO the cell until the morning, Jennings was -I kicking up a Ydw n for the first three or four hours, and the constable was forced to take his boots off. This concluded the evidence, and Mr. Herbert contended that the sergeant had done nothing more Than his duty, Mr. Powell contended that a sergeant or a con- stable were as much amenable to the law as an Ordinary person. The Bench decided that the prosecution had failed. They had found Lewis not guilty, and he would leave the Court without a stain upon his character. Jennings would pay the costs, amounting to £1 13s. 6d. The charge against Rowlands was then taken. Jennings stated that Rowlands struck him once in the face and bumped his head against the floor. He was unconscious nearly all the night.—The case was dismissed. Jennings was then charged with being drunk and disorderly on May 29th.P.S. Lewis gave evidence as to finding defendant drunk and very disorderly in Cross-street, his being locked up, &o.—The defen- dant was discharged, the Bench taking into con- sideration the fact that be had been locked up for one night. The proceedings lasted five hours and a half. 11 JJHUTAL ASSAULT. Richard Jones, farmer, was summoned for an aggravated assault on his wife, Jane Joneq.-Com. plaicant stated on Thursday her husband struck her on the head, aud she retaliated by slapping his face. He then struck her with all his strength above the heart, taking away her breath. He lay upon her for an hour and almost suffocated her. When he got up he again slapped her face.-Dr. C. W. De Grucby, as the result of an examination, stated that he found bruises on the left arm and elbow, the left knee, side of the forehead, the back of the head, behind the year, and in the pit of the Ptomtch.- Defendant denied striking his wife, and alleged that she luust have bruised herself. Defendant was fined 40s. or a month.—Mr. T. R. P. Herbert, on behalf of the wife, applied for a separation and main- tenance order. The couple, he said, were married at Caerleon in 1874. There were no children.-ilfrs. Jo cs stated that her husband's cruelty had driven her away from him on three previous occasions.— The separation order was granted. Defendant was ordered to pay 10s. weekly, also the Court, the doctor, and the solicitor's costs.—Jones: I'll not pay a farthing."

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