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General
It would appear that all court cases were held at Merthyr Tydfil Police Court although in February 1870 a meeting was held in Pontlottyn to make a case for a Magistrates Hall and Police Station there. This was achieved in 1923, this being the date above the existing building.

Assault
8 May 1875 Assault by a Pugilist at Vochrhiw   Ivor Lewis, a collier, an individual who under the name of “Ivor Wynne” has attained considerable fame in Rhymney and its neighbourhood as an exponent of the princples of “the manly art of self defence,” was summoned by an engine driver named William Morgan of Pontlottyn, for an assault committed on him on Sunday the 25th. Mr. Plews, who appeared for the complainant, said that if his instructions were correct, and he had no reason whatever to doubt them in this instance, a more gross, wanton assault was never committed than on the occasion to which this summons related. The defendant was a bit of a prize fighter, and had exhibited his pugilistic skill for money upon several occasions in the ring. An unwarrantable attack had been made on this occasion on the complainant, who was a very inoffensive man, and he (the learned gentleman) hoped that such justice would be meted out to the assailant in this instance, as would effectually put an end to doings of the sort in future. Complainant, who was then called, stated that on the day in question, he was returning home from his brother’s house at Vochriw with a man named Thomas. Defendant and a friend overtook them, and witness knowing that their roads lay together, parted with Thomas, who returned towards Vochrhiw. After proceeding a short distance, defendant’s companion stayed behind for some purpose or another. Defendant thereupon gave witness a push, and upon his remonstrating gave him another, telling him to shut his mouth, or that he (defendant) would shut it for him. Witness asked him his reasons for such conduct, but the words had no sooner escaped him than defendant collared him and beat him in a savage manner about the face and mouth with his fist, blackening both his eyes and loosening all his teeth. Ultimately he let go his hold, and witness fairly exhausted dropped to the ground, where defendant left him and proceeded on his journey with his friend. Witness afterwards went back to Vochrhiw and showed himself to a police officer. Defendant now endeavoured to show that the attack had been provoked by Morgan, who had collared him and challenged him to a fight. His worship thought the assault was about as savage a one as he had heard of for a long time, and in his opinion the man who committed it was an arrant coward. Fined £5 including costs, and in default of payment committed to Swansea gaol for two calendar months with hard labour.