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BOROUGH MAGISTRATES' COURT. MOXDAY, MAY 3RD, 1880. Before the Mayor (E. Smith, Esq.), T. C. Jones, Esq., and J. Beale, Esq. ALLEGED ATTEMPT AT FRAUD. John Parry, coal-dealer, was summoned by Col. Alfred Jones, of Hafodywern, for having on the 19th April unlawfully attempted to commit a fraud by placing two 56 lb weights on the shafts of a cart whilst the same was being weighed on the complainant's machine in Hightown. Colonel Jones in giving evidence said it was cus- tomary for the woman who kept his weighing machine—a Mrs Stamford-to recognise the carts of his customers, when once they had been weighed and the weights were put down in a book but having his suspicions aroused that something wrong was going on in regard to the weighing, lie found it necessary to keep a rather strict watch. His coach- man and Mrs Stamford detected the weights on the shafts of the defendant's cart on the day in ques- tion, and last year the defendant had a cart which weighed 10 cwt until the close of the season, when it only weighed Si cwt. (Laughter.) The defendant Parry said he had different carts of different weights, and with regard to the present charge he knew nothing at all about it, inasmuch as he was forty miles away at the time. Richard Griffiths, a man in Parry's employ said he was with the cart at the machine, and the weights referred to he was going to take to be re- stamped. There was no intention whatever to defraud, because he took the weights off the cart before it was weighed on the machine. Col. Jones' coachman and Mrs Stamford gave evidence to show that the man Griffiths did not take the weights off the shafts of the cart until he was told by them to do so. The Magistrates Clerk said that Parry was liable to a fine of 40s under the borough bye-laws for not having the number and tare marked on his cart. As to the stamping, Sergt. Jones said the first Tuesday in every month was the day fixed for stamping and adjusting weights by Superintendent Wilde at the stamping office Connty Buildings, and the proper stamping day was well-known by everybody. Col. Jones said he should not proceed against Parry under the bye-law referred to, but he should like the Mayor to read a notice which he had been compelled to issue to his customers, and which had been in fore? since the previ ms Monday. His Worship then read the notice which ran as follows Persons requiring rye grnss or other produce at Hafod-y- Wern Farm are respectfully informed that they must produce a ticket from the weighing machine with the tare of cart &c entered thereon for each occasion before receiving a load from the field. This rule will he strictly observed on and after Monday next the JGTLI instant. ALFUKII S JO.M;S. Hafod-y-Wern Farm, Wrexham, 22nd April, IS'O. Having heard the whole of the evidence, the Mayor, after consultation, said the Bench had no doubt that an attempt at fraud had been com- mitttcd, but inasmuch as the case was not sufficiently complete in itself, they had no alterna- tive but to dismiss the charge. He was sure, how- ever, the public would feel much indebted to Col. Jones for bringing the case forward and giving publicity to the circumstances which had been de- tailed, for it was most reprehensible that poor people should be attempted to be defrauded of their just weight in coal and other necessaries. ASSAULTING THE POLICE. John Atlmand, a bricklayer living in the Beast Market, was charged by P.C. Austin with assault- ing him whilst in the execution of his duty on the 24tli April. It appeared from the evidence that the defendant and a number of others were fighting and that the complainant went to separate them, when he was assaulted by the defendant, who struck him with a poker in the most brutal manner, the complainant being obliged to strike the defendant with his handcuffs in sheer self defence. The evi- dence for the prosecution having been heard, the Mayor said the Bench considered the case to have been clearly proved against the defendant who had evidently been guilty of a violent and brutal assault. The police must be protected in the discharge of their duties and in the present instance the defend- ant would be fined £ 5 5s Od and costs, or in default two months' imprisonment. TOBACCO STEALING BY A SOLDIER. John Lewis, a. private in the 23rd, was charged on remand with stealing two ounces of tobacco from the shop of Mr J. Williams, tobacconist, Hope- street, on the previous Friday evening.—Mrs Williams said the prisoner came into the shop and asked for the tobacco which she gave him and he then walked out of the shop without a word and with- out paying.—P.C. Bound said the prisoner came to him on-the night in question and said he wished to give himelf up for stealing some tobacco, at the same time handing the tobacco to the officer, and adding that lie dilrnt want to be forgiven as he might be kicked out of the regiment for it The Color Sergeant of the Company said the prisoner was a bad character, and having pleaded guilty, Lewis was sentenced to three months' im- prisonment with hard labor. DRU.N'KEKN'ES.S. A woman named Ann Devany was charged by P.C. Wynne with being drunk in Willow-road, and was sentenced to a months' imprisonment. WEDNESDAY.—Before Edward Williams, Esq. «'HAKFIE OF STEALING BOOTS. Three youths, named respectively Richard Jones, George Mate, and William Bevan, were charged with stealing a pair of boots value 9s Gd from the shop of Mr J. H. Price, boot maker, Abbott-street, on the previous Wednesday.—Mrs Price having identified the boots, P.C. Bound gave evidence as to the apprehension of the prisoners, adding that Jones had stated that "he had stolen the boots whilst the other two kept nix." The whole of the prisoners were ultimately remanded till Monday. THURSDAY.—Before Charles Hughes and T. C. Jones, Esqrt. ASSAULT. Bernard McDermott, Yorke-street, was brought up in custody charged with assaulting his father, Patrick McDermott, on Wednesday night. Mrs McDermott gave some evidence which was not in accordance with the charge of tssatilt.-P.C. Simp- I son said that while on duty in High-street he was called down to Mr McDermott's, in consequence of the son acting in a most disorderly manner and threatening his father. His father, who said he was in great fear of Bernard, told him to lock him up, which he did.—Mr McDermott not appearing, the case was remanded till Monday in order that I he should do so. BRUTAL ASSAULT UPO? A FATHER. BR'C'TAL ASSA'C'L'£ LPO A FATHER. William Roberts, of Penybryn, was brought up in custody charged with assaulting his father, Matthias Roberts. Complainant said that on Wed- nesday night about a quarter to ten he was sitting by the fire smoking his pipe, when his son came in I having returned from Chester Races. He came up and sneered in his face and asked him what he was doing there, and if he had got anything ready for him to eat. He made some reply, when William commenced calling him abusive names. The daughter, who had gone to bed, came part way down stairs and shouted to William that if he interfered with her father she would send for the police. He thereupon knocked the complainant down and kicked him.-P.C. Nadin said that while in Penybryn about ten, he saw a crowd round Roberts' door, and consequently went there, where he found defendant with his hat off and making a great noise, in fact the house was in an uproar. The complainant told him that William had struck him down and kicked him. Defendant was drunk at the time. He took him and locked him up.- The Bench characterised his conduct as most cowardly, and ordered him to pay 40s and costs, or one month's hard labor. -Defendant, who said he had no money, was removed in custody.

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