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BANGOR POLICE COURT.—TUESDAY. Before the Very Rev. the Dean, andC. J. Sampson Esq. Drunkenness.—Hichd. Pritchard and Elias Roberts were fined 2s. 6d. and 9s. costs each, for being drunk at Bangor, on Sunday, the 2nd inst Robert Jones was also fined 5s. and I Is. costs, for a similar offence committed on the 22nd April, at Llan- fairfechan. Donkey Stmying.-Griffith Williams, Kyllin.square, was ordered to pay the costs of summons, in which he was charged with allowing his donkey to be at large in High-street, Bangor, on the 2nd of May. Assault Case.-Thom,-ts Edwards charged an old man named William Hughes, with assaulting him in Bangor on the 29th inst. The complainant stated that as he was proceeding along the street, the defendant called after him, "Well, old bailiff, where are you going now 1" He crossed the street to defendant, and asked him why he addressed him in that manner, when he replied by striking him severely with a stick. He afterwards repeated the same outrage. Defendant called a witness to prove that he was at- tacked by complainant, and a gentleman in Court volun- teered the statement that he saw Edwards drunk at the time the alleged assault took place. The Dean remarked that the complainant appeared over sensitive in taking notice in the first instance of the words which the old man may have made use of. Had he walked along, they probably would not have heard of this charge. That of a bailiff was a very useful calling, and such as the complainant should not have been ashamed of. The case was dismissed. A Game-watchcr charged with Assault.J ohn Owen, a game-watcher in the employ of Colonel Pennant, was charged by Wm. Williams, Coetmor Mill, Llanllechid, with assaulting him on the 1st iust. Mr. Foulkes appeared for complainant, and Mr. Bar- ber for the accused. Mr. Foulkes said that his client, who was a respecta- ble man, was fishing in the Ogwen river, on the 1st inst. He happened to catch a salmon fry, which, when he dis- covered what it WPS, he immediately threw back into the river. Near the place where he was fishing, was the de- fendant, who, after saying something about the weather, demanded of Williams the fish he had caught. Wil- liams told him he had not got it, and told him if he war.ted it, he would have to follow it into the river. Upon this he bounced upon him, and committed the assault complained of. Mr. W. Williams then deposed-I recollect the 1st of May being out fishing in the Ogwen river, w;th a rod and line, about 30 or 40 yards above Coetmor Mill. I caught a salmon fry, which I unhooked, and placed it with as little injury as possible back in the river. Hav- ing moved a little higher up, the accused came to me, and said, It is rather cold to fish to-day. Do they bite?" I replied that I did not know, as I had only been there five minutes. I also said I had caught a small fish, but said 1, What's the use of having such, when you have to put them back again!" He then made signs to me, and said, Bring it here." I asked him what he wanted, and said if he wanted what I caught he would have to go into the river. He then began to collar me, and said, come, let me go into your pockets." I said, Take your time man, and I will pull out my pockets for you." He would not listen to what I said, but collared me, and began to strangle me. I then said to him, If you con- duct yourself in that way, I'll soon stop you from going to my pockets in such a robber-like manner." We scuffled together, and both of us fell down. He got under me, and I held him down. I never attempted to strike him. Whilst down he was keeping calling out, "Humphreys." Humphreys then came to his aid and said to me, It's great shame for you to abuse the old man like this." I said, It would be a greater shame for me to allow him or any other man to throttle me and rifle my pockets." But why not shew him the fish ?" said he. I replied by saying that I had no fish to shew him and told him to go to the river for what I caught. Humphreys said be saw one in my possession, I said that was true; but that he only saw it in my hand, and that I returned it without any injury. I then shewed him my pockets, in the presence of Humphreys and two other witnesses. John Owen, upon this, turned round, and said He has just thrown it now into the river." I asked Humphreys if he saw me throw anything, when he said he did not. He said that in the hearing of def- fendant. I supceaned the two other witnesses. Cross-examined by Mr. Barber-No blows were struck. Can't say if there was any blow. I swear I did not strike defendant. Saw little blood on his face, and there was little on my nose also. Hugh and Griffith Evans were within ten or fifteen yards of us when this occurred. The unhooking of the salmon was done in half a second. I did not put it into my pocket. No violence was used in the first instance, when Owens asked me to be searched. He struggled with me and we both fell together-he being the weakest, he got under me. I have also been served with a summons. I never handled a rod before I came to this river, and never used nets in my life-neither here nor in Denbigh- shire. Re-examined by Mr. Foulkes-It was after I took out a summons that I was served with a summons. The blood must have been caused by us both rolling over the loose stones which were about. Hugh Evans, employed at the Penrhyn Quarry, said that he was out fishing in Ogwen river on the night in question, when he saw complainant catching a salmon fry. He did not know what he did with it. Did not see him putting it into his pocket. If he had put it, he could not have seen him doing so. Saw John Owen taking hold of William Williams in the breast of his coat. They struggled together some time, and both fell down. Did not see him throttle complainant. Saw him volunteering to take his pockets out. Was examined before Mr. John Francis. He sent for him to see how things were. Told him the same story. John Owen also asked him (witness) who took hold the first. Told him it was him. self. No one threatened him (witness). John Owen mentioned about William Williams disposing of the fish after the struggle. Cross-examined by Mr. Barber—Was near enough to see and hear everything that took place. John Owen approached complainant by asking civilly if he had caught anything. Williams admitted that he had caught a salmon fry, but that he had thrown it into the river. He did not admit that the first time. It was when he was asked about it that he admitted. He un. hooked it, and held it in his hand for a very short time. He then turned his back, and I did not see what he did with it. John Owen did not strike him. It was after the struggle he admitted he had got the sal- mon fry. Re-examined by Mr. Foulkes-John Owen did take hold of Williams, but did so very gently. Williams did not deny having caught the salmon fry at all. Griffith Evans, another quarryman, said-I work un- der Mr. Francis. I went out to fish on the 1st of this month. Saw plaintiff out fishing, and saw him catching a salmon fry. John Owen asked him for the fish, when he said he threw it back into the river. Did not see what he did with it. Owen would have it that he had it in his pocket. John Owen took hold of him, "and a scuflfe ensued. Did not see Owen throttling him. Humphreys came there and separated them. I saw complainant's pockets turned inside out, but nothing was found in any of them. Heard John Owen say that Williams had thrown it out during the struggle. It would have beeu very difficult for him to throw it away without my seeing it. Have been asked some questions in Mr. Barber's office. Went there with Mr. White. I told John Owen that I had been supeceanedto appear here to-day. He did not ask me to give his version of the story. No threats or favours whatever were held out to me. °" Cross-examined by Mr. Barber—Did not see Owen strike Williams at all, but he had hold of him rather gently. No one asked me to come down to give evi- dence before I was summoned. No one asked me to give evidence in favour of Owen. Buckland was with me last night. Re-examined by Mr. Foulkes-People knew in the nei"hbourdood that I had been summoned. Buckland came to that neighbourhood sometimes. I have been asked about this by Sergeant Owen Jones, by Mr. Buckland and Mr. John Francis together, and also by Mr. White. Mr. Barber said that the circumstances detailed in evidence occurred on Monday night. William Wil- liams, being a little earlier in the field, got a summons; and John Owen, feeling that he had been assaulted in the exercise of proper vigilance in the discharge of his duties, got a cross summons. Both were issued at the same time, and were served on the same day. Mr. White very naturally put himself in communication with these two persons. But he denied and repudiated most emphatically that there were any grounds what- ever for that which Mr Foulkes had attempted to in- fuse into their worships' minds. John Owen was a watcher in the employ of Colonel Pennant. This part of the river near Coetmor Mill, though private pro- perty, was most liberally thrown open to the public; and certainly no undue advantage should be taken of that liberality. He saw William Williams taking fish on the day in question, and believing that he bad it in his possession, he asked him to give it up, which he re- fused to do. The evidence shewed tbat the struggle arose out of Williams's refusal to give up that which Owens thought he had. Owens had a right to ask what he had done with it, and he was only doing his duty in asking him to give it up. Upon resisting to be searched a struggle ensued, and it appeared that the watcher got the worst of it. R. Humphreys, a game watcher, said-I was present near the river side when complainant took a salmon fry. I was within 30 yards of him. I knew it was salmon fry from its colour—it was bright. He held it about five minutes in his hand, and then put it into his left pocket. Am positive of that. John Owen hold out his hsnd for the fish, when William Williams took hold of him in his neck. I went to Owens' assistance, who was struck by Williams twice in the face. William said at first lie had not caught any fish, but afterwards admit- ted he had. This was after the struggle. Cross-examined by Mr. Foulkes—Have been 15 months a game watcher. Was within 30 yards of Wil- liams, and nothing intercepted my view. Could dis- tinguish easily what fish was caught at 30 yards dis- tance. One of the young men was nearer to him than I was. It was easier for me to see what was going on, as it was my duty to watch—theirs was fishing. Wil- liams could not have parted with anything without my seeing him. Swear I saw him putting a fish into his pocket. Mr. Foulkes then addressed the Bench, and said the complainant had given his evidence in a very straight- forward manner; he was a respectable man, and irre- proachable in his character. The two young men- wholly disinterested—confirmed his evidence, and swore Williams did not put the fish in his pocket, and that it was the watcher and not he that commenced the as- sault. On the other hand they had the evidence of one of the watchers pitched against the evidence of three individuals: His client did not press for any severe penalty, but he did wish to protect the rights of the public, and shew that the iiberty of the subject was not to be trifled with in the manner that had been done in this instance. The Magistrates, at Mr. Barber's request, allowed the following case to be heard before they announced their decision upon the above:—J ohn Owen v. William Williams.—This was a cross-action for assault, alleged to have been committed by defendant upon John Owen. John Owen, deposed as follows ;On the 1st of May I was watching, in company with Humphreys at Ogwen river, when I saw William Williams fishing. Saw him catching a salmon fry. He held it in his hand, and put it into his left pocket, I went to him and asked him for it. lie said he had not caught any. I asked him repeatedly to give it me, but he denied having any. He then jumped up to me, and caught hold of my neck, and threw me on the ground. He dragged me along, till my face was covered with blood, and I still bear the marks of the assault; Humphreys having come to my assistance, Williams admitted then that he had asalmon fry. Did not observe anything particular about the pockets. He did pull them inside out. Could not say that he took the fisb out in the struggle. Cross examined by Mr. Foulkes--He admitted having caught the fish after I shewed him how distinctly I ob- served it. Did not take hold of him. I may have touched him in asking for the fish. He held it in his hand while h6 was at the fishing pond. Mr. Barber submitted that he had a good and reason- able cause to call upon the magistrates to inflict buch a penalty upon defendant as would deter him and others from assaulting officers in the proper discharge of their duties. It was John Owen's business to ascertain whe- ther defendant had this particular fish or not. He saw him putting it into his pocket. He (Mr. Barber) did not say that it was clear that he did put it into his pocket, but he did say that the watchers truly and reasonably believed he had done so. Such being the case, they were justified by a section of the Act to search the party whom they supposed had the fish secreted in his pocket. Mr. Foulkes called their Worships' attention to the discrepancies which were disclosed in the evidence of the two officers. He also quoted the exceptions in the Act, (section 1) which stated that this Act shall not apply to a person who takes the fish accidentally and forthwith returns the same to the water with the least possible injury." The Bench, after some deliberation, dismissed both cases. Larceny.-Riebard Roberts, was brought up charged with stealing two pair of drawers the property of Owen Williams, in the employ of Miss Roberts, George Hotel. Owen Williams said that he went to bed on the night" of the 23rd of last month and left his drawers on a box by his bedside. It was not there the next morning, and never saw them till brought to him by the police. He identified those produced as belonging to him. Cross-examined by Mr. J. T. Williams-I know them from the stitches and tape, which I put on them my- self. Sergeat Griffith Jones said, having received informa- tion of the robbery, he went to the prisoner's lodgings, on the 29th ult., and I searched his room when he found the drawers produced under his bed. There being charges of a similar nature against the prisoner, he 0 was committed to take his trial at the next Quarter Sessions. The hearing of several cases was deferred till next P etty Sessions.




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