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Acquitted for open after hours

Source: Cambrian News 28/04/1893       Date: 1893
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Keeping Licenced Premises Open. Elizabeth James, Maesbangor Arms, was charged with having kept her licenced premises open during prohibited hours on the 31st March and A. H. Jenks, Bronceirion, Capel Bangor, and David Jones, Tangeuallt, Goginan were charged with having been found on the premises.-P.S. Thomas said that about 10-35 p.m. on Friday, March 31st he visited the Maesbangor Arms kept by the defendant Mrs James. Outside he saw Jones drinking a glass of beer. In the bar he saw Mrs James and three men, one of whom was the defendant Jenks, who lived close by. He asked Jenks what he was doing there after closing time. Jenks replied, Well, we have had no drinks." Witness said. You have glasses before you," and he said, They are empty glasses." There were two empty glasses in front of Mr Jenks and another man. Mrs James said that the men were saying they were going all the time. Witness asked her if they had refused to go and Mrs James said Oh dear no, they did not refuse." The persons present then left, Mr Thomas Johnes, Quebec Villa, Llanbadarn Fawr, one of them, remarking. "You are my guest. "-Cross-examined by Mr Hugh Hughes, solicitor, Aberystwyth, who appeared for the defence: He had been in the house shortly before ten and the three persons were there then but did not notice whether they had a glass before them. They were in the same room all the time. He did not think David Jones went into the house at all. Jones, when served with the summons, said that he had carried a parcel from town for Miss Evans and that she had given him a glass of beer. Mr Johnes and Mr Morgan, also of Llanbadarn, were bona fide travellers. For the defence, Mr James said that Mr Jenks, Mr Johnes, and Mr Morgan called at her house shortly before ten on the night in question. She supplied them with a brandy and soda each, which they drank immediately. They sat talking but she did not supply any drink after ten o'clock. Mr Jenks was a friend of Mr Johnes. David Jones brought a parcel from Aberystwyth for her sister, who, for so doing, gave him a glass of beer outside. That was about half-past ten. He did not pay for the beer; it was a gift.-The defendant Jenks said that he and his friends had been fishing at Dyffryn Castell on Good Friday and went into the Maesbangor Arms shortly before ten. They called for drinks and consumed them immediately. They did not have any drinks after ten o'clock - D. Jones gave evidence as to having received beer for carrying the parcel for Miss Evans.-The Bench dismissed the cases.
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