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Arson Case from Pembroke.


Arson Case from Pembroke. MILFORD BIGAMIST GETS OFF. The Winter Assizes for the County of Pem- broke and for the Town and County of Haver- fordwest, were held on Tuesday at the Shire Hall, Haverfordwest, before the Hon. Mr. Justice Pickford, Knight. His Lordship ar- rived in Haverfordwest the previous evening, and attended divine service at St. Mary's Church on Tuesday morning, previous to the opening of the Court, accompanied by the High Sheriff, and the Chaplain (Ven. Arch- deacon Williams). There was a large choir in attendance, and Mr. C. Bulmer, F.R.C.O.. pre- isded at the organ. The vicar (Rev. J. H. Davies) conducted the service, and a short ser- mon was delivered by the Chaplain on "The Unity of the Church." His Lordship was accompanied on the bench by the High Sheriff of Pembrokeshire (Mr. R. P. L. Penn), the High Sheriff of Haverford- west (Mr. George Davies), and the Chaplain to the High Sheriff for the county (Archdeacon Williams), Lady Philipps, and Miss Philipps, of Picton Castle, also occupied seats on the bench. GRAND JURY FOR THE COUNTY. The following were sworn on the Grand Jury for the County:—Sir Charles Philipps (fore- man), Messrs. John Loft us Adams, G. E. Carrow, H. Warren Davies, J. T. Fisher, Howard Fowler, Dr. George Griffith, Messrs. Gilbert D. Harries, H. M. Harries, Samuel K. Harries, Victor J. Higgon, H. J. L. Lawrence. Richard Llewellin Lloyd, Col. Robert Oliver Lloyd, Messrs. Arthur W. Massy, Charles Mathias, T. Rule Owen, H. E. E. Philipps, W. H. Walters, O. H. S. Williams, James C. Yorke, and C. F. Egerton Allen. THE CHARGE. In his charge to the Grand Jury, his Lord- ship said that he was glad to see there was very little business for them to do. That occa- sion was the first time for him to have the honour of being in that county as judge, and therefore he was not able to compare tnat callendar with previous calendars, but he was told, and glad to be told, that it represented very much the kind of calendars that county generally presented. He was glad to see that was so. There was only two crises, involving three prisoners. One was a charge of arson 'against the two prisoners, who were at the time deserters from one of His Majesty's ships, and if they, or one of them, had refrained from making a statement, he did not think there would have been any evidence to convict them with the burning of the stack of hay. There was evidence that two sailors were seen in the neighbourhood at the time, but there was no evidence that these sailors had anything to do with the offence: However, later the two men went to the Police Station and gave themselves up as deserters from the Navy, and later on again in the day they were charged by the in- spector, on information he had received, with having set fire to a stack of hay. Cartwright, one of the prisoners, made a statement, which certainly afforded plenty of evidence against himself. He said I may as well tell you the truth. I did put it on fire. I deliberately put it on fire myself. My mate (meaning Thomas) had nothing to do with the firing," and then later on he said: "We slept in the rick last night, and when leaving I don't know what came over me, for fun I supopse, I put a match to the rick, and in a couple of minutes it blazed up, and shortly after we saw two men running to it." That was, continued the Judge, plenty of evidence as far as Cartwright was concerned, because ae said he did it, and he ought to know more about it than anyone else. With regard to the other man the case iwas very different. There was no evidence identifying either of the men, except the state- ment made by Cartwright, and anything he said was no evidence against the other man. But it was evidence in this sense that they might hear it for the purpose of observing what answer the other man made to it, if he made one, because if a man was directly ac- cused of a crime and made no answer, it was some evidence, though it did not go very far, to show that he was guilty. In this case it was not the fact. The statement was "My mate had nothing whatever to do with it." The only thing that followed after that was the other man remarking This will be an Assize job; I wonder what we shall get for it." And Cartwright took upon himself some of his (the judge's) functions, and said they would get eighteen months. (Laughter). If a man was accused of a crime and made no answer, the in- ference was that he had no answer. But in this case the statement was that he had noth- ing to do with 57, and there was no reason foi him to contradict it, because that was what he would have said. It was a very grave question whether there was any evidence for which Thomas should be put upon his trial, because there was no evidence except that he was said ..t i • i tt rni_ • • 3 T to nave said iliiis is all assize juu, ana x wonder what we shall get for it." And as h6 (the Judge) would probably have to tell the petty jury-supposing a true bill was. returned —that there was no evidence upon which they could safely convict the man Thomas it would be for them to say whether they would return a true bill against him. The other case was one of bigamy, about which he need say very little, because he thought it was obviously one in which they ought to return a true bill. There might be a defence, and he did not say there was not, but they had not to try the case. The man went through the ceremony of marriage when his wife was still alive, and what he said was that he had not heard of her for a very long time. 15 or 16 years. If he proved that, it would be a defence, unless it could be shown that he had known. within seven years, that she was alive, but that was a matter for the petty jury. His Lordship then asked the jury to consider the bills. GRAND TURY FOR HAVERFORDWEST. The Grand Jury for Haverfordwest were not sworn, and his Lordship, in addressing them, said there was no prisoner returned for trial for the town and county. and he had only to ask them if they had any presentment to make. If they had he would be glad to listen to it. The Jury intimated that they had no present- ment. His Lordship then. discharged them with the thanks of the town and county for their ser- vices.

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