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Philip Lewis, labourer, who was working at Altybill v on the dav in question, said he Raw the horties coming no the road with William". and they had a U shocking job to get up. Williams was beating them with a stick to get them along. Sometime* thf-y would not pull at all, and some- times they only went about a yard. Williams went rou d them all, and they all eot the same with th," slick. It tank them nearly an hour to go about 100 yards. Witnean did not leave his work. He did not see the mare in the road. Williams's boy went home after ano'her horse to fetch the wagon awav. Between 5 and 6 n'clock witness saw a lizht. coming down the road. and heard "them all" talking. Williams told his wife to take hold of the m-kre by the tail and heave at her, and said that. if he could not get her up be would knock her eye out. There was no trouble to bear the blows, which were many. When witness gQt to work next morning the mare was on the common. CrosS-pxamined: Edwards could have heard the alleged expression of Williams as well as he. The blows s^i'nded as though they were from a stick and a foot. Mr Co<>per: Why, if the mare was being served so, did you not go to her? Witnens: Perhaps I should have got the same as the mate if I did. You are related to Williams s wife r Yea, Worse luck; I wish I had never seen them in tny tire. You have had differences in the County Court ?— Yes. Twice, and they bad judgment ?—Yes, but that Was a fraud. Further questioned, witness denied that he had told M s Lfdwick (Mrs Williams's mother), or Air Evans (The Steps), that he would do his best to get Williams into prison; also that he had given information to the police. P.S. Sheddick stated that at about 2.15 p.m. on the 7th December, in company with P.C. Hayward, he was on duty near Altybilla Farm, when, on a piece of roadside waste, or common, he found an old bay cart mare lying on the ground. At first sight she appeared to be dead, but when he got up to her he found she was not. She was in an extremely poor condition. Her bones were promi- nently sticking out—backbone, ribs, and pin bones -and she had the appearance of having been terribly knocked about. Inside the right hip a large piece of skin, 11 inches by 9 inches was off and another piece 5 inches by 3 inches was off the right pin bone, while another large piece was off behind the right foreleg. There were large bare patches on the belly, a swelling around the eyes, and cracks around the but of the tail. All had been apparently freshly caused. There was also a deep contused wound inside the upper lip, in front, Which was much swollen. The mare was lying oil the bare ground without a covering, al- though it was a very cold day and the white frost was still hanging about the ground. Witness and ■^•C. Hayward lifted the animal's head, but she inade no effort to stand up. She appeared to be In pain and was groaning. There was a handful of hay near her, and they gave it to her. She attempted to eat it, but some of it fell back out of her mouth. They obtained hay and water from Altybilla, which they gave her. She appeared to be very thirsty and hungry. They examined the road from the place where the mare fell-about SO yards higher up-to the common. About 40 yards of it was hard road with loose stones lying about. There were signs of severe struggling on the road, with loose hair from mane, body, and tail, as well as blood on the stones and grass. They went. tn lnnlr fnr Williams. and found him on the road some distance from his house. Witness asked 'him what he was going to do about the old mare lying down below, and he replied Nothing; I sent to tell Court to fetch her, but he sent to say he could not come until 9 o'clock to-morrow morn- ing." Witness asked what defendant was going to do with her in the meantime, and he said "Nothing I can't do anything. She belongs to 'Court." "Have you fed her," queried witness. "Yes," answered Williams, "I took her a bit of 'hay this morning." "Have you given her any water?" "No," defendant said, adding that Mr Court lent him the mare at the end of September for her keep. Witness told defendant that it was cruelty to leave the mare as she was, and that he should get something to put over her as well as give her some food. Witness got three old bags and a bit of clover, and accompanied them to the 'common, defendant pointing out the place where the mare fell on the road, and saying that she got stuck in the mud and would not get up. Witness asked him how he got her to the common, and he replied that they got a halter, and he and his missus and boy tushed her down. Witness asked him how he accounted for the mare's injuries, and he replied that she did that herself by falling and plundering" about, When they got to the snare witness asked him if he would kill her. He refused to do so. The Sergeant then told him that he had been informed that he had severely beaten "the animals up the road, and he said that was Wrong, as he had no whip. Witness told him that it was with a stick. Witness picked up splinters of a stick lying about the road, and drew defen- dant's attention to the hair that had been picked Up and the blood on the stones (samples produced). Defendant said the blood was from the mare's ttiouth. That night witness went to Mr Court's at Mamhilad, and got him to send over for the mare 'the same night. He produced a halter received from John Edwards with blood on it. On Decem- ber ioth witness went with Mr Sidney Smith to defendant's farm and saw the remaining three horses, all of which were in poor condition, while one had a wound on the left shoulder. Two were totally unfit for work according to the veterinary surgeon, and witness told defendant not to work them. The next day he paid another visit with teupt James. CrosH-examined: Defendant did not tell him that bioi wife fed and watered the horse on the 6th. P.C. Hayward corroborated this evidence, and "Said that when he went up to Altybilla about 9 'o'clock on the 7th he found that the old mare had died, and just after Mr Court's man took the car- case away. j Cross-examined: He knew Williams well, and had seex the horses a good manv times, but he bad never cautioned him about working them. Mr Sidney Smith, veterinary surgeon, Usk, gave evidence as to the state of the three animals on defendant's farm on December 10th. A five-year- old roan mare was in a very low condition and Unable to work in consequence of a wound about the size of a halfpenny or two-shilling-piece on the, shoulder. The old nag was also very poor, but was too vicious to be properly examined. The third animal was an old black mare, in very low ■condition and scarcely able to walk. They were in the *tate named, in his opinion, from want of 'food and, perhaps, over-work. There was hardly anything in the field for them. Defendant: They have 75 acres to run over. On behalf of the defendant, Mr Cooper urged that he had only committed an error of judgment in taking the animals out, and that did not amount to cruelty. Defendant sworn, said that on December Rth he left home with four horses to fetch the empty Wagon, which weighed 161 cwts., home from a quaiter of a mile below Altybilla, leaving one some distance above that farm. The remaining three got the wagon 174 yards up the Altybilla road when the mare fell, after getting off the rough stones. He unharnessed her, and John Edwards came to bis assistance, but left after pushing the Wagon back, saying he bad to go back to work. Be took the wagon home with the other horses, stabled and fed the animals, and then returned to the mare with his wife. The mar- was then 20 yards lower down the road, and there were signs where she had been struggling up and down. That might be about 6.30 or 7 o clock. In reply to the Chairman, defendant said the toad was a very bad one, and that was why he had three horses. Continuing, witness said the mare was wnn ner head downhill, and his wife took hold of the halter while he tried to lift the mare 150™ behind, Then she jumped ap and "plunged forward again. He put her comfortable on the Common and gave her some hay which his boy brought after returning the halter to Altybills. Mr Hiley: What do you mean by making her comfortable ? Defendant: I put her legs down tidy as she Would lie in the meadow. Defendant further averred that it was a mild £ ght, the weather being something like it wag that morning. The mare had been In the habit of lying out. He took her down some hay, and gave her some water which he got at Altybilla. Next morning he went down with the gun and saw Mr Davies, with whom he had a conversation. Defendant said he had a good mind to shoot the mare. Mr Davies replied Well, it isn't your mare, is it, Mr Williams? Witness:" No, it is not." Mr Davies: Then I should not shoot her, as the owner may make you pay just what he likes for her." Witness Then I had better not do so." He went back home, and a couple of bum afterwards he saw the police. He had given the mare hay and water before he went down to Altybilla with the gun. He told the Sergeant that he had given her food and water the night before. The horses were fit to work on the 6:h. The nag horse had been in the same condition during the two years (in April) that he had had her the others, too, were in the same condition as they had been. He had taken loads of bay to Usk with them. The mare that died was all right, and she had plenty of flesh on her. She had not been over-worked. The Chairman remarked that four horses to bring up an empty wagon seemed rather a large number. Defendant said the road was a very bad one with rock coming out of its face, which made the horses apt to slip. Mr Cooper said defendant was anxious that the animals should not be overworked. Defendant denied that he beat the horses on the road, and that they had been underfed. lie also said the statement attributed to him by Lewis was untrue. By Supt James: The horses were in working order. Laura Williams, defendant's wife, corroborated, stating that she took fodder and water to the mare late on the night of the 6th, and again on the 7th, but on the latter occasion the mare had been taken away. They did all they could for her. She denied that her but4band either beat or kicked the animal. The horses bad had plenty to eat. and there was a good stock of fodder and feeding stuffs at the house. After a retirement of the Bench, the Chairman said they had unanimously decided to convict 'he defendant, and thinking it to be a very aggravated case of cruelty the full penalty of dE5 with costs would be inflicted, one month's hard labour in default. The Magistrates' Clerk said the penalty was for the three charges against the defendant. The costs amounted to X2 311. WILLIAMS IN MORE TROUBLE. FINED AND BOUND OVBR. The same defendant as in the last case next naa to answer the charge of assaulting William Probert, labourer, Llaogeview. on the 29th December, and there was a cross-summons. Williams was not represented in this case. William Probert'a story was that on the night in question he started home with Mr and Mrs Morgan, but going up Noah's Ark Lane he left them and hurried on, carrying a basket. On the pitch he saw three or four people whom he did not at the tirne kuow, and he said to them, "Glod night, all." Some of the people replied, and he had gone on 40 or 50 yards when Williams and another man [whom he pointed out in Court, and who was a subsequent witness for Williams, named Aaron Higgs], who bad followed him came up, and Williams kicked him in the side, saying. Stop a minute, you will have more than that." Witness went to tarn round, when defendant kicked the basket out of his hand. The other man helped defendant, and together they got him down on the ground and he was again kicked and knocked about. The Morgans, on coming up, in- terfered, and Mrs Williams held Mrs Morgan in the ditch. Defendant, when he attacked him, said "I will give you report my horse." Witness replied I did not do it, Williams." When he got up one of the men said to Williams Let him alone; he has had enough." Williams answered No; make a clean job of it; putthe-OLt of mess." The Bench inquired the meaning of the phrase, and defendant said be understood it to mean that they should kill him, but another suggested that it meant, in army parlance, that he should be put out of action. Witness added that he returned to Usk and saw P.O. Hayward. Cross-examined: He did not bump up against defendant and his wife and call her bad names, nor did he attempt to hit defendant with a stick. Mrs Elizabeth Morgan corroborated Probert's evidence as far as she saw the affray, and P.C. Hayward stated that Probert came to him in Bridge-street, Usk, at 11.15 p.m., on the 29th December, and told him he had been assaulted. He had a cut on his nose, another under his left eye, his face was covered in blood and his clothes with mud. Probert wanted witness to fetch his assailant, but he told him he could not do so, and that he had better summon him. Probert was sober. Edward Williams, his wife, Aaron Higgs and Oliver Good (colliers, Abersychan), stated on oath that Probert wps the aggressor. They said be bumped into Williams and his wife as he was passing them in the lane. using bad language to Mrs Williams, and then saying that he had got it in" for Williams and went for him with a stick. Williams parried the blow with his left arm and took the stick from him, but Probert followed him again with another stick. Mrs Williams said that she pushed Mrs Morgan into the hedge to prevent her throwing stones at the men. In Cross-examining, Probert told Higgs that he was the man who did most of the work on him. In the result, the Bench fined Williams 10s. and 7s. costs, and bound him over in his own recog- nizances or £10 to keep the peace ior six moniius. The case against Probert was dismissed. Mrs Williams then came forward and asked that Probert should also be bound over to keep the peace towards her as she went in fear of him, but The Magistrates' Clerk told her to go away, as she was not before the Court. [Defendant was subsequently allowed 14 days in which to pay the fines, &c. which amounted to £ 8.] j STEALING RABBITS AND SNARES. I Henry Thomas, Geo. Mayo, and Charles Powell, young farm labourers working at Lower Berth- llwydd, Trostrey, pleaded guilty to stealing 23 rabbit snares, value 3s lOd, the property of Joseph Berry, and six rabbits, value 6s, the property of William E. Parker, at The Hill, Trostrey, on the 8th January. Berry was engaged on the farm rabbit catching, and on the 8th he laid a number of wires in three fields, on the 9th he missed a lot and also the rabbits that bad been in some of them. He tracked the defendants to Mr Parry's farm. and P.C. Hay- ward saw the lad Powell and subsequently Mayo and Thomas, and recovered 23 snares and six rabbits, the former, and three of the latter being in a loft, and the other three rabbits in the house. He brought defendants to Usk, Wm. E. Parker spoke as to engaging Berry to catch rabbits, &c. Mr Parry gave defendants a good character as W<The Beneh discharged the lad Powell with a caution, and fined the older defendants 10s. each. saying that the offence was a serious one. I EJECTMENT ORDER. On the application of Mr Frederick Freeguard, agent for Messrs. Thomas and Tanner, the owner of a house in Baron-street, an ejectment order was issued against Mrs Abraham Williams, the usual formal evidence having been given as to the service of notices, &c.






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