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LAW
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Jan. 22, 1948. Early on January 23rd, he was brought home by ambulance and later taken to Merthyr General Hospital. She said that on arrival home, her husband understood what she was saying but could not speak. Edmund Jones, Regent-street, Dowlais, Williams’ assistant, said that he and Williams were working on “hard ground,” and that before having his food, Williams had been standing on a staging for two of three hours. The Judge heard medical evidence from both sides before giving his decision.

6 October 1956   Inquest Held on Fochriw Man: “Accidental Death”    A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned at the Caerphilly inquest last Wednesday on Jenkins Richards, aged 48, a miner, of Glanynant, Fochriw. Richards, a married man with four children, was struck by a journey of runaway trams at Ogilvie Colliery, Deri, on September 7. He received multiple injuries from which he died at Caerphilly and District Miners’ Hospital, five days later. George Williams, master haulier at the colliery, said he realised something was wrong when he saw a journey gain speed too quickly because a rope had become loose. He ran down to see what had happened, and found Richards lying in the middle of the journey that had stopped. Richard said “I’ve had it pretty bad George.” Daniel Jones, ropeway man, said he heard Richards say he would go on in front after he had helped to get the journey re-started, after one tram had become derailed. Glyndwr Richards, and electric haulage driver, said he received the signal to ‘slack rope’ and the journey move off at a walking pace. Then he saw the rope leave the drum. Dr. June Birch, house surgeon at Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital gave details of Richards’ injuries. The coroner, Mr. Owen Rees, said nobody was to blame for the accident. The men concerned were all experienced workers, and they had no reason to believe the rope would become detached. Neither had Richards taken any suicidal risk in going ahead of the journey as he did.  

27 April 1957    Fochriw Man Was Killed By Runaway Cart   Pinned against a ventilation door by a timber cart, Caradoc Shankland of 33, Guest Street, Fochriw, sustained injuries from which he died. At the Caerphilly inquest on Wednesday, the jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.” Mr. G. M. Hughes, colliery deputy, said there had been trouble with the slack rope and winch attached to the cart. As a temporary measure, he cut the rope and knotted it. One journey was completed, but on the second, the cart became wedged against a conveyor. After the cart ran downhill, he found the knot had become untied. He concluded that the jolt of releasing the cart had caused the knot to come apart. We called to Shankland to get out of the way, but the cart caught up with him, pinning him to the ventilation door. Mr. J. E. Hodges, assistant repairer, said Shankland was helping to dislodge the cart, which was stuck 40 yards from the ventilation door. When the cart started to move, he shouted to Shankland to get out of the way. The gradient there was 1 in 1.4.

Paternity
7 February 1880  A Vochriw Affiliation Case   Evan Evans collier, again appeared in answer to a summons alleging that he was the father of an illegitimate child of a girl named Margaret Thomas also of Vochriw. The case had been adjourned so that the girl could call witnesses to corroborate her statement. Two young men were called and gave the required testimony. The child was born on the 19th November, and died on the 18th January. The Stipendiary made an order on the defendant to pay 2s. 6d. per week for the eight weeks that the child lived, £1-5-0 for the midwife, and £1-5-0 for the funeral, and costs.

12 February 1881  Merthyr Police Court: Maintenance Order    The Stipendiary today gave judgement in the case of the Guardians v. Evan Davies, colliery overman, Vochrhiw, who was summoned to show cause why he should not be ordered to contribute towards the maintenance of his four grand-children who were chargeable on the union. The matter was adjourned from the previous Monday for consideration of the point raised by Mr. Plews, viz. that defendant’s indebtedness made it impossible for him to pay, notwithstanding the fact that he was in receipt of good wages. His worship pronounced in favour of the guardians, and made an order for 1s. 6d. per week with the costs.

10 June 1905  Paternity Summons   Daniel Davies of Fochriw was summoned by Lucy Jenkins, single woman, living at Gelligaer. Complainant said she had kept company with the defendant for nine years. At first she was a servant at a farm, and afterwards at Pantyfynon near Trelewis. She then went into service at Fochriw Farm, and later