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THE ALLEGED RAPE ON A LITTLE GIRL AT PENTYRCH. THE CASE FURTHKR ADJOURNED. At Pontypridd police-court on Wednesday (before Messrs E. John, C. Bassett and E. Lewis), Thomas James Beynon, assistant schoolmaster, was charged with an alleged indecent assault upon a little girl named Mary Ann Evans, 11 years of age.— Mr Rhys (Messrs Walter Morgan & Rhys) appeared for the prosecution, and MrPlews, Merthyr, appeared for the defence. Mr Rhys, in oppning the case, said defendant is an assistant schoolmaster, and he has been in the habit of indn'ging in indecent asts towards girls under his charge. On the 13th of last month the little girl in the present case cima to echooi liite. As she was hanging up her hat defendant came-out and called her, and placed her against a wall and committed the offence. Sfle made nocoIDnlQiut for six days; no doubt, she fenred to tell. It was at last made voluntarily to her mother. The mother then went to the school and told derendant of it, but he denied it. Afterwards he went to the house and saw the girl and had a conversation with her. Afterwards he saw the mother and had a conver- sation with rer. The evidence would show that an indecent assault was committed, but he believed the more serious case of rare would be proved. A sharp discussion took place between the two solicitors as to whether the complainant should giva her evidence in Welsh or English, Mr Piews remark- ing that the proposal for the evidence to be given in Welsh was a trick for a rurpcso, and it showed what sort of a case it is to go and begin in that way. The Complainant, Mary Ann Evans, 11 years old, living at Pentvroh, was then called She said she attended the Board School. Her father, Richard Evans, is a coliier. &he is in Standard IV. On a Wednesday IIlLrning she went lata to school. It was about a quarto or twenty ruinates past nine. She went into the cloak room to take off her things when defendant came from his room where he teaches her. He told her to close the door she had entered by. There are three doors in the cloak room. She shut the door. The third door leads into the chief schoolroom. When she was going to open the door to go into her scl oolroom, defendant rose her np and put her a aicst the wall. [Here 'complainant gnve evidence proving the offence, after which ah-j wept bitterly.] Continuing, the com- plainant said After that she went into her school- room. She told her mother the Tuesday following. y 11 On that day dt-fendantcame to her mother's house. She was in the house by herself, her mother being oat. He asked her what had she been telling her mother, because she had been down telling sory-e frig hinl things. He said "I only put my hand under your clothes. That's all] did, isn't it?" She said No. sir. He then asked if he did some- thing else (stating what), and she said "yes." He then said Mind yon speak the truth, because I will brine: a policeman here to-morrow." He tr.en left. Later that evening he came again and talked to her mother in her presence. He said to her mother Don t tell anyone" Her mother took her to a doctor next day. She saw Dr Edwards's assistant. On the 22nd went again to Dr. Edwards' surgery, and failing to see him, they went to Porth to Dr. Naunton Davies. She had suffered 9inca as she had not suffered before. Mr Rhys put the question Has Beynon ever dons anything of this kind befcie ? Mr Plews obji cted to this question. Mr Stockw-od (magistrates' clerk) said be would take the objection, but should advise the magis- trates that it was evidence. The witness replied, No, only put his hand under my clothev, He sent her out to fetch sweets when Le did that. This was about a year &gr>, when she was in Standard III, which standard defendant taught —Croas-examinfd All the girls go through the cloak room. There are about 40 girls. There are pegs round the cloak room to hang hats, See., on. The door is not difficult to open. On Thursday cf the sitae week some bovs overtook her in a field. A boy did not pull her down and do something to her. Girls did not call o:.t shame. She did not see Imv gids. She kr ows Mr Thomas Jenkins. She did not see him and John Davies at her house. They did not come to the bedroom to her. Her two brothers, younger than herself, were in the house when Beynon came there. He told her if she said that again (referring to the serious charge) a policeman would come to her.— The cross-examination failed to shake the evidence of the witness. Martha Kvans, mother cf last witness, said she lives over half a mile from the school. On the 13th January her daughter was late at school. The following Tuesday her daughter made a complaint to her and in consequence she went to the Board school. She 6rst saw Mr Jones, head master, and after school saw defendant with Mr Jones; asked him > b it he thought of himself. He said What do you mean F" She said yon know very well. She also said You have been meddling with another little girl." He said "No, I haven't." She called on Mr Jones aud siid Yon have heard what Jane Lewis said," referring to a conversation previously held between Mr Jones and Jane Lewis. She then left, and on returning home examired her daughter. She then went to the clergyman. In the evening defendant came to her house and said, I come to speak to you about Mary Ann." She said "After I came home I looked at the child and found certain signs." He replied You don't mean that, do you ?" He then said I beg on yon not to say anything to anyone, and you can venture you shall have no such complaints about me again." Defendant said "If Mr Prichard, the attendance officer, cornea here to look for he)', say she is ill." She replied, "1'11 say the truth to Mr Prichard when be comes." He then said Don't tell Mr Jenkins the minister." The clothes produced were those her daughter was wearing on the 13th and con. tinued to wear until the night of the 22nd.—Cross- examined Defendant did not tell her that unletB she either retracted wLat she had said about him or went on with the prosecution he would prosecute her. She did not promise not to tell anyone. Dr. H. N. Davies. physician and surgeon, Porth, said he remembered thA child being brought to hi," to be examined on the 22nd. Ue, in company with two of his qualified assistants, made an examina- tion. The evidence was not fit, for publication, but went to show that ttie child h_d symptoms which were saoh as would result from ar attempt to com- mit ra pe. ii- >• 1'e ca3e was adjourned for a week. s

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