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Trial of the lovellsSource:
Carmarthen Journal 10/03/1893 Date:
Newspaper Description: Transcript:
SPECIAL SESSIONS.A special sessions was held on Friday last before Messrs John Fowden, Bank Hall, and Lewis Davies, Gelly, to try two gipsies, by name Thomas Lovell and Elizabeth Lovell, who had been taken into custody on the evening of the 28th February last for being drunk and disorderly and for assaulting the constable sent to apprehend them. The female prisoner was charged with the four following offences, to all of which she pleaded guilty 1, committing wilful damage to the amount of 15s at the Penpompren Inn, Llanwenog 2, committing damage to the amount of three shilings at the Fox and Hounds Inn, Llanwnen 3, being drunk on licensed premises called the Fish and Anchor,Abercerdinen and assaulting P.C. Jones 37, and resisting him in the lawful discharge of his duty. The magistrates before adjudicating determined to hear the case against Thomas Lovell who was charged (1) with being drunk on licenced premises called Fish and Anchor, and (2) w th assaulting P C. Jones aforesaid. The accused admitted being drunk but denied the assault. P.C. Thomas Jones (27) sworn, said that about 7 o'clock on the evening of the 28th lie was attempting to arrest the defendant Elizabeth Lovell, at the Fish and Anchor, Abercerdinen, when the male prisoner came out of the public house. He caught bold of the constable's wrist and tripped him on to the road and otherwise resisted him to apprehend the woman. When Thomas Lovell caught hold of his arm, the female prisoner punched his face with stones (then produced) and as he strained his foot in falling he was compelled to wire for assistance to Lampeter before the culprits could be arrested. This was all the evidence adduced. Thomas Lovell denied having assaulted the constable - if he did he did so unawares to himself. Elizabeth Lovell said she was drunk and did not know what she did whilst in that state. She was willing to take whatever they were pleased to give her.- After a brief consultation the magistrates sentenced Elizabeth Lovell to 14 days imprisonment for each of the wilful damages, and one month for assaulting the constable, and fined her 10s and costs for being drunk. Thomas Lovell was fined 10s and costs for being drunk, and sentenced to six weeks imprisonment with hard labour for assaulting P.C. Thomas Jones. The female defendant received the decision of the bench in tears, and deplored her hard fate as she had only just been released about seven days previous after doing a period of six calendar months. Mr Fowden gave her some wholesome advice as to her future behaviour, and Mr Lewis Davies expressed his regret at seeing a pretty young woman in such a fix, at which the lady seemed greatly delighted and quickly dried her tears with her apron. Notes:Linked to Fish and Anchor , Abercerdinen, Llanwnen (p) Fox Hounds , Llanwnen Penpompren Inn , Drefach, Llanwenog