27 May 1876 Assault at Vochrhiw James Morgan, collier, was summoned for having assaulted a lad named William Henry French at Vochrhiw on the 30th.. Mr. Harris appeared for the complainant. The evidence went to show that a quarrel having taken place between the complainant and his brother and the two sons of the defendant, the latter interfered and gave complainant a shove, slapped his face, kicked him on the thigh, and threw stones after him, one of which knocked him down. An old feud was shown to exist between the parties concerning a hen which the defendant had lent the complainants mother. - The Bench, after commenting strongly on the behaviour of both the defendant and the parents of the lad French, imposed a fine of £3 8s. inclusive of costs, with an alternative of a month's imprisonment with hard labour. - Defendant, upon depositing a moiety, was allowed a fortnight to find the remainder.
1 May 1880 Assault at Vochriw Ann French, married, was summoned for assaulting Gwen Griffiths, a married woman, residing at Vochriw, on the 17th inst.. Mr. Plews defended. The learned gentleman’s client was proved to have given complainant three blows, the last of which knocked her down. The recipient of the blow was insensible for fully one hour afterwards. Defendant was fined £1 3s. 6d., inclusive of costs, with the alternative of 14 days imprisonment with hard labour. The parties reside within half a dozen doors of each other at Martin-street.
22 August 1903 Alleged Wounding at Vochriw William Williams was charged with unlawfully wounding Thomas Thomas, and his wife, Miriam Thomas, at Fochriw. Miriam Thomas, whose head was bandaged, said she lived at 6, Martin's-row, Fochriw. The prisoner had lodged with her, and on Saturday night last he came home at 11:30p.m. the worse for drink, and began finding fault. He said he would kill her and her husband, and he struck her across the head with a poker. The prisoner struck her husband three times on the head, and several times on the shoulder with the same poker. Thomas Thomas, whose head was also bandaged, said he heard a noise downstairs. On going down, he saw the prisoner swearing at his wife. He told him to stop it, eat his supper, and go to bed. Prisoners struck him on the nose, which was marked, and in the chest, and he fell. He was then struck on the shoulder by Williams with the poker, and he said he would kill all of them. He then struck Mrs. Thomas on the forehead give the poker, turned around and dealt him another bowl on the head for the poker. The police then came on the scene. P.C. Williams said he heard the noise proceeding in a house, and he saw the prosecutor, and his wife, bleeding from the head. The prisoner was sitting down by the fireside. The woman's head had a wound which was exposed to the bone, and he sent for the doctor, and in the meantime stopped the bleeding. The prisoners said he struck the blows in self-defence. He said the man and wife struck him to the floor, and when he got up, he caught up the poker to defend himself. He also said they had quarrelled during the day. He asked for some powder to kill insects which he found in his bed, and it was not obtained. Dr. Davies said he was sent for, and examined and attended to the wounds. These could have been caused by the poker produced, and the wound on the nose by a blow from the fist. The prisoner was committed for trial. He said he struck the women by accident, and he struck the man in self-defence.
21 October 1905 A Row at Vochriw Mary Thomas, Gwenllian Thomas, and Mary E. Thomas, mother and two daughters, were summoned for assaulting Sophia Whitby of Guest-street, Fochriw. Mr. F. P. Charles for the complainant, said that on Tuesday the defendant’s little boy called Mrs. Whitby names. She asked Mrs. Thomas if she could prove what he had said, and when replied by giving her “one” under the chin, and the mother and two daughters then beat her. Daniel Evans came up, but the defendants came on after that, pulled her hair and knocked her about. She fainted away, and did not remember any more of the row. Mrs. Thomas (holding up a little boy): This is the beginning of the row sir. (laughter) She said that the complainant beat her boy, and when her daughters interfered she “struck ‘em awful,” and said she would beat the child again. Daniel Evans, aged 14, of Guest-street, said he heard the row. The boy was there, but the complainant did not strike him. Mrs. Thomas’s boy called Mrs. Whitby some awful names, and he saw the blow given under the chin. Then the daughters set upon her, and he went to the complainant’s help. They again attacked the complainant, jumping at her when he was trying to defend her. Mrs. Whitby fainted. She did not do anything to the defendants. The eldest daughter said the complainant “dragged her hair to pieces.” Annie Thomas said she heard the little boy using bad language, and then whe heard his mother using similar expressions to Mrs. Whitby. She saw the attack on the complainant as had been described. Edith Lewis corroborated. Mrs. Thomas: I did not see her. Stipendiary: No, you were too busily engaged, you know (laughter). For the defence, Edward Thomas, a youth, said that the daughters prevented Mrs. Whitby from striking Mrs. Thomas. Jame May deposed that the complainant first struck the daughter, when the other two tried