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LLANRWST. TY-HWNT-I'R-BONT PETTY SESSIONS.-A ugust 19.- Before Admiral Watling and R. O. Mouladale. Esq. Edward Lewis, a married man, residing at Llanrwst, was charged with assaulting a young girl about fifteen years of age, named Catherine Evans, on the highway, near Bettws-y-coed, on the 16th inst. The public were not admitted into court during the trial, and most of the evidence is unfit for publication, and had a tendency to prove an attempt of a higher offence against the defendant. Mr James appeared for the defence, end cross-exam- ined the girl at some length, but failed to shake her tes- testimony in any material point, after which he deliver- ed a most powerful speech on behalf of defendant, shewing the improbability that any man would attempt to commit such an offence in broad daylight, on a public road, and within such a short distance of the village of Bettws-y-coed. The Justices retired to consult together for a short time, and after admitting the public into court, Admi- ral Watling addressed the prisoner, saying that they had given his case their most careful consideration, and as they had no reason to discredit what complainant had stated on oath, they had no alternative but to convict; and although taking a lenient view of this case, and following the information, which was for common as- sault, rather than the evidence, yet they wished it to be publicly understoods that they are determined to pro- tect all women against such outrages being taken upon them, and in future to punish all brought before them and found guilty of such dastardly acts, very severely, for if such practices were allowed to prevail in the coun- try, or lightly dealt with, no female weuld feel safe to go out of her house either day or night. Fined 91 15s 6d. including costs, or in default, one month's imprisonment with hard labour. Money paid.

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