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CRIME IN SWANSEA I

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CRIME IN SWANSEA THE RECORDER ON NEW FORM OF INDICTMENT QUARTER SESSION TRIALS There were eleven cases for trial at the Swansea Borough Midsummer Quarter Sessions, which opened at the Guildhall on Friday morning, before the Recorder (Mr. Ivor Bowen, -K.C.). Mr. J. lL Davies was appointed foreman of the Grand Jury. The Mayor (Aid. T. Merrells,) occupied a Sloat on the Bench at the outset. THE RECORDER'S CHARGE. In his charge to the Grand Jury, the Recorder said it was certainly not satis- factory that there were so many cases for trial. They were long cases, some of them were very important cases, and for the lirst time for many years this was a heavy Quarter Sessions, almost approaching the dimensions of an ordinary Assizes. Re- ferring to the case of John Danaher, a Harbour police sergeant, who was charged with the theft of whisky, the Recorder ob- served it was an important case as far as the public were concerned, and in his opinion would require very close investiga- tion, as it affected the administration of the police affairs in one part of this im- portant county borough. SIMPLIFYING C RIM I N ALP R O. CEDURE. Proceeding, Mr. Ivor Bowen pointed out this was th-e first time the Grand Jury would discharge their duties under the Act which was recently passed for sim- plifying criminal procedure. It was one oi those Acts which law reformers for many years had endeavoured to effect the passing of, and it altered the procedure J] indictments which had been followed in this country for hundreds of years. Whether it would in the long run shorten business he did not know. He dared sav there would be ingenious persons wh o would try to get round it and make it longer. The Recorder concluded with a general direction to the Foreman as to how to sign the documents. TRIALS OF PRISONERS. BOYS GETTING OUT OF HAND. Frederick Charles Hawkins (It;), window cleaner, pleaded guilty to stealing three packets of cigarettes, value i 'shop in TTiion-street. kept by Miss Mar- I garei Kncath. Mr. Samuel, who prosecuted, told how the youth was caught; red-handed in the shop, but protested lie had just come to get an ice-cream wafer. Hawkins was also indicted, jointly with Thomas George Davies (15), errand boy, i for breaking and entering the dwelling- house of Alice Jane Monks, Eversley- road, Sketty, and stealing a lady's gold watch and black filk guard, value 1:5 lOs., on Iiinr 14tb. Hawkins pleaded not guilty, hut Davies admitted the offence. Mr. Samuel, however, who prosecuted, offered no evidence against Hawkins on this charge. Detective-Inspector JTayse said Haw-, 1¡;i) father was in the Navy, and he bad 4 very respectable home. He was con- victed of larceny at Swansea Police Court last year, and when 13 lie was charged with stealing a bicycle, but bound over. Recorder (to counsel): Have 1 power to thrash him? Mr. Samuel: I don't know, your Honour. The Recorder: Will you find out. pleaseP Replying to the Recorder, Detective- Inspector Hay.se said the boy had not been thrashed before. The Recorder: They are much too ien(iei- I A previous conviction for larceny iga-in,t Davies w;;« mentionf-rt. rtf'"postpöning sentence till later, the Recorder said: "Something will have to be done. These boy« are getting out of hand." DRINK AND NEGLECT OF CHILDREN. Ernest Haines (53), plasterer, was charged with neglecting his two children —Trevor (aged 111) und Frederick (aged 11)—in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering. Accused, a widower, pleaded not guilty. Mr. L. M. Richards, who prosecuted, said it was a case of constant and con- tinuous neglect. Inspector Jones. X.S. P. O said th" children had obtained free meal? at school when prisoner was earning 3os. a week The house was in a very dirty condition. and bread had been so scarce at times that he (the witness) had to provide it himscif. The only furniture was a table, two chairs and an old form downstairs, and upstairs one bed, on which the father and the two hoys slept. The bed and bedding were in a dirty state Mrs. Katlierine Hannah Lewis, a neigh- bour, said the children's clothing was very ragged and dirty. Things had im- proved, however, since the police court hearing. Mi's. Llewellyn, another neighbour, j spoke to having seen the children selling cinders to buy bread Detective-Inspector Hayse said at Swin- don, in 1907, when his wife was alive, prisoner was, sentenced to three months* imprisonment for neglecting his four children. Inspector Jones, recalled, said the boj Trevor won a scholarship in 1913 tenable at the Higher Grade School, hut during the holidays his father pawned his clothe and lie was ashamed to go again, return- ing to the elementary school. He (the in- spector) was afraid" tli(- improvement would not be permanent. Drink was the cause of it all. The Recorder postnoned his decision. WOUNDING A SHIPMATE. Septimus Finch t33), marine fireman, pleaded guilty to wounding Alfred Nichol- son on board the 056. Hocking, lying at the KingJs Dock, on June 15th. Mr. Griffith Jones, who prosecuted, said both men were in drink at the time, and they had since become friends again NL-. Marlay Samson, for prisoner, said Finch, who belongedto North Shields and had a wife and two children, was not ordi narily given to drink, and he was sin- cerely repentant. Be asked the Recorder to take a merciful view of the case. Prisoner was bound over in his own recognisances in the sum of £5 for twelve months.

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