"The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality" 23 March 1878 (digital images), Welsh Newspapers Online(https://http://newspapers.library.wales, accessed: 23 January 2018), page 7, column 2, headed Unlawfully Wounding.

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Griffith Roberts, 41, stonemason, wasindicted for unlawfully wounding Henry Hughes at Llanllyfni on the 24th of January last.--Mr Higgins appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Swetenham, instructed by Messrs Turner and Allanson, for the defence.--Mr Higgins, in opening the case, said that the parties had been drinking together, and without the slightest provocation from the prosecutor the prisoner assaulted him and stabbed him, inflicting a very serious wound. The prisoner had admitted that he had stabbed the prosecutor with a knife he usually carried in his pocket.--Henry Hughes,the prosecutor, said I am a quarryman at Clogwyn Melyn. On Thursday, the 24th of January, I was drinking with the prisoner at Penygroes. We left to go home at ten o'clock at night. That was in the neighbourhood of Carmel. I overtook the prisoner on my way home, and we walked on together. We had a quarrel, and the prisoner kicked me, and then stabbed me in the left leg. Before he stabbed me I had never struck the prisoner. Neither of us was drunk, but we had had some little drink. When I was stabbed I ran away, and called out to Robert Roberts to take care of himself as the prisoner had knife, and he had stabbed me. Roberts took hold of the prisoner, and they had a scuffle. I went to sit down on the roadside because I was in pain from the stab. I went home as soon as I could. I went into the house and locked the door. I then examined my leg and found the stab. The prisoner was afterwards brought into my house. Prisoner, when he saw my leg said, I hope you'll forgive me we are both from the same place, and drink is the cause of all." I dou't know that the knife producud was the one I was stabbed with.--By Mr Swetenham: I was not very fresh, and had no drink to do me any harm.-- Mr Swetenham It might be to do you good, in your opinion, you know. (Laughter). -- Witness : The prisoner had as much drink as I had. I am not quarrelsome wken I am in drink. I called the prisoner, "Griffith of Pantan" [elsewhere reported as Gutto of Pant Du] because that is his nickname. I did not do it to aggravate him, and I did not know that it would make him angry, I have not quarrelled with the prisoner before, and I did not get hold of the prisoner before he touched me. I did not kick the prisoner on the ground at all before he stabbed me with the knife. Prisoner's son did not call to me to let his father alone. I don't know that the prisoner is ruptured. Prisoner did not say to me three times, "If you don't let me alone I shall be obliged to use the knife to you.".-- Robert Roberts said : I am a quarryman, and was with the prosecutor on the night in question. The prosecutor after he was stabbed told me to kill the prisoner if I chose. (Laughter.).-- Cross-examined: I did throw the prisoner down on the ground several times, but that was after Hughes had gone away, I kicked the prisoner whilst he was on the ground.--Mr John Thomas Griffiths, surgeon, said on the morning of the 29th of January, he examined the prosecutor, and found a clean incised wound on the left thigh.--By His Lordship: It was not a serious wound, and did not penetrate to the bone.--P.C. Edward William Jones said: The prisoner voluntarily said to me when he was apprehended, "I told them three times to stand back, or I would stick them, and I did stick him with a knife I had then in my pocket." Prisoner gave me the knife produced, and said that that was the knife he stabbed prisoner [sic] with.--Mr Swetenham did not address the jury at this point, but callled Henry Richard Roberts, a boy ten years of age. He said I am the son of the prlsoner, and I was going home with my father on the night in question. My father was not very drunk. Henry Hughes kicked my father before he did anything at him. My father was then down on the ground.--Isaac Roberts said, on the night in question I heard the little boy (the last witness) crying, and saying "don't kick my father." The men had gone away before I could get up to them. But I heard one man say he was stabbed.--Mr Roberts said that the prosecutor showed him the place where he had the scuffle with the prisoner. He said that he tripped the prisoner up there by the aid of another man.--Mr Swetenham for the defence, urged that the prosecutor was the aggressor, and that what the prisoner did was more in self defence than with an intention to injure the prosecutor. He contended that the more serious charge had not been made out, and upon the other charge he asked the jury to returu a verdict of not guilty.--His Lordship, in summing up, told the jury that before they could convict the prisoner of the more serious count in the indictment they must be satisfied that when he used the knife he had in his mind an intention to do the prosecutor some actual grievous bodily harm. There waa no evidence whatever in the case which would justify the prisoner in the use of the knife. If a man was badly kicked and in danger of his life, he might bs justified ie having recourse to some weapon with which to defend himself. Drink had a great deal to answer for in this case, but a man must not be allowed to use a weapon like a knife in every quarrel, or a spirit of lawlessness would be developed which would be unbearable, and society could not go on. If they thought the prisoner had no intention of doing grievous bodily harm, they would acquit him on the more serious count in the indictment and find him guilty on the minor count.

The jury at once found the prisoner guilty of unlawful wounding.

His Lordship said, addressing the prisoner, he quite agreed with the verdict of the jury, and he should not be discharging his duty if he inflicted a lighter punishment than seven mouths' hard labour.