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Carmarthen Assizes. I -0-…


Carmarthen Assizes. -0- ¡ WHITE GLOVES PRESENTED FROM THE | BOROUGH. LLANELLY ELOPEMENT SEQUEL: A FORGIVING HUSBAND. At the Carmarthenshire Assizes on Saturday Mr. Justice Walton, in his charge to the. grand jury, said he was extremely gratified to find so little crime in the counties of Car- marthen, Cardigan, and Pembroke. From Carmarthenshire there were only seven prisoners, and the cases were not, compara- tively, very serious, 'whilst there were no cases from the county of the borough of Car- marthen, and the same remarks applied to the town and county of Haverfordwest. It was most gratifying to find during his visit to that part of South Wales the small number of cases of violence or offences against women. His lordship had left Pembrokeshire for Lon- don, where there was a pressure of work, and OR meeting Mr Justice Bucknell there he learned that no work had to be done at Car- narvonshire Assizes. Mr. W. Isaac (sheriff for the borough of Carmarthen) presented the judge with a pair of white gloves. ONE DAY'S IMPRISONMENT. William Hugh Egerton Roberts (37), com- mission agent, pleaded not guilty to a charge of forging an endorsement on a banker's cheque value £ 1. Mr. Ivor Bowen (instructed by Mr. T. H. Powell, Llandilo) appeared to prosecute. Prisoner was undergoing a sentence of 12 months' hard labour for obtaining this and /rfiifl,poney by false pretences, and he was imprisoned £ r one day only. PEN At. SERVITUDE PROMISED. was charged with breaking into C'arregoegyu Farm, Llandilo, on August 24 last, and steal- ing a silver watch, a gold chain, a locket, and other articles, of the value of £ 16, belonging to the occupier, William Thomas, and further with damaging an iron safe. Mr. W Llewelyn Williams, M.P., appeared for the crown. Prisoner, il-i 3, written statement, said he heard a noise upstairs, where he saw two men breaking open the safe. He was about going for assistance, when they swore that they would kill him. One of the men gave him the watch. The Judge remarked that the prisoner, who I had been at an industrial school, had a very bad record. If he came before the court again he would be sent to penal servitude. In order to give him a chance to reform he would only be sentenced to ten calendar months' imprisonment with hard labour. LLAXELLY ELOPEMENT SEQUEL. I HUSBAND'S APPEAL FOR WIFE. I Jane Louisa Morgan and George Roberts, of I Llanelly, were charged with stealing R27 7<s. 4(1. in money, a sewing machine, and a case of silver spoons, the property of Collwyn Mor- gan, husband of the female prisoner. George Roberts was also charged with receiving the money and goods. Mr. D Lleufer Thomas (instructed by Mr. T. It. Ludford, Llanelly) appeared to prose- cute, whilst Mr. Dayin. Rhys (instructed by Mr. H. Hayton Williams) defended. The female prisoner pleaded guilty. Collwyn Morgan, surveyor, of Astoria, Llan- elly, said that early in April he went to Lon- don to give evidence in favour of the Llanellv Water Bill. Before leaving he handed to his 1 %? il?e a blank cheque,' so that ahe could fill it !up to pay the butcher's bill. When he re- turned he found that his wife had cashed a cheque for ?30, and had eloped to London I with the prisoner Roberts, taking with them ( I the machine and silver spoons. I Wife's £ 3000 Dowry. ( Cross-examined by Mr. Rhys, witness said That he had been married to his wife, who was the daughter of a doctor, for 15 years, and there were seven children. He was not a poor man when he married—in fact, he had never been poor in his lifew I Mr Rhys: Am I right in saying that your wife's dowry was £ 6000?—No; it was £ 3000. What has happened with the money?—It has been spent by my wife. Is this cheque for iP,30 in your writing?—I cannot say. The signature is mine. The Judge: Is the writing like that of your wife?—No, sir. Further evidence went to show .that the night before eloping for London Roberts stayed in the same house with Mrs. Morgan, who was seen by únô of the children to hand him. some money. The jury acquitted the male prisoner, and the Judge intimated that he would defer sen- tence in regard to the female prisoner until J Monday, whereupon her husband stepped for- ward and expressed his willingness to receive her back to his home for the sake of their Sewell children. He. felt quite satisfied in his  mind, he said, that she was repentant. The Judge: Very well. Let her stand up. j Addressing the woman, who said she had no"  thing to say, the Judge said- he had a dim- 1 culty to face, because lie did. not wish it to be supposed, that the offence was not stealing, It was an ordinary criminal offence, for which r she might be sent to prison for a lone time. I This he wished to be understood. It was no excuse because she stole the money obviously for immoral purposes. However, her husband had asked for lenie icy, and that meant, in so many words, that he did not wish her to be sent to prison Poor pc-ople who were out of work and were starving, and yet stole, were sent to prison, even where the motive was hunger. He musrt, not discriminate! between one class of people and another. Still, this case was a pel4iliiir one. The woman's health was bad, and it might be that if he sent her to prison she would either h8 kept in the gaol infirmary or discharged through poor health. He sincerely hoped she had come to her senses, and realised how wicked her con- duct had been. He was not called upon to express an opinion on her conduct of immora- lity, or to punish her for it. He had to deal with the crime of stealing. As there was no- thing else against her, he had persuaded himself to bind her over in the sum of £ 50. RAILWAY THEFTS. Richard Charles Maddocks- (34), Sandy Ter- race, L 13n clly, pleaded guilty to the indict- ment of stealing in the month of April a large number of articles, cocoa, chocolate, etc., the property of the Great Western Rail- I way Company. I Mr. Wilford Lewis prosecuted, and said that on October 8th, 1907, prisoner was con- victed for stealing cloth from the Great Wes- tern Railway Company. He was then an en- gine drivel', a.nd was dismissed. He after- wards employed his knowledge to steal from the trucks of the company. Detective Mount-joy (GW1) said that during the last twelve months many articles had been missed from the. neighbourhood, but- they could, not prove anything else agai^ nst the prisoner. His Lordship said he would not fake into account the fact that when arrested the prisoner threw a hottlel at the person arrest- ing him. He was bound to consider that in • October, 1907. when he was a railway servant, lie had, I)eeii. convicted for theft from, the com- pany. Railway servants had many opportu- nities to steal, and 'the company could only be prolected by the administration of the criminal Jaw. He (the judge), would not go on any suspicion that prisoner had been guilty I of previous thefts. I Sentence of nine months' hard labour was I passed. I KEPT THE TAKINGS. I George Herbert Thomas, fruit vendor, was charged with embezzling £2 10s. Id. from his employer, Maud Donoughe. Mr. W. Llewelyn Williams. M.P. (instructed by Mr. D R. Edmunds, Llanelly), appeared for the prosecution. I It was contended for the defence that Thomas, who was a fruit hawker, was in part- nership with Mrs. Donoghue, and that the profits were to be divided between them. On the day in question, however, he did not re- turn to share the day's takings. I 'l1h8 jury, however, found prisoner guilty, but, in view of his good character, the judge ?I)oiiiid him over to be of good behaviour in the sum of £ 10.

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