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Crime and punishment
The men from the King's Head
  At the Easter court sessions in 1879 two men were accused of theft in the parish of Llandysul.
Thomas Jones and Robert Price who both lodged at the King's Head in Newtown were accused of stealing 4 turkeys from Abermule Mill.
Before the case came to court all those involved were questioned by the authorities. Their statements have survived, and from these we can get an idea of what might have happened.
  Jane Evans of Abermule Mill said she was alerted early one morning by her daughter who said someone had been into the outbuildings in the night.
Jane went to investigate and found that someone had been into the outbuildings and taken 4 turkeys. She said she found some feathers and footprints.
She tried to think who had been to the mill and seen where the turkeys were kept and she remembered Thomas Jones who had been to the mill a few times to work on the millstones for the miller. She sent for the police.
  A Newtown innkeeper told the police that he had bought two turkeys from Thomas Jones who had come up to him in the pub and sold them to him very cheaply.
At about the same time in another pub, Mary Jones, a poultry dealer was approached by Richard Price who said he was selling two turkeys. He said he had left them at her house. Mary was suspicious as her statement below shows.The police felt that these two men were suspects and arrested them both.
  "I asked him twice over whether they were right so that would save getting me into trouble or himself. He said yes several times over"
  More about the case...  


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