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Achos y Sesiwn Chwarter: J J Frost v Thomas Price

Pennawd papur newydd: Extraordinary conduct in the Priory churchyard - Demolition of tombstones

Roedd achos J J Frost v Thomas Price yn un anarferol iawn. Lle'r oedd mwyafrif achosion y sesiynau chwarter yn ymwneud â dwyn dillad neu arian, dwyn da byw, ac ambell ymosodiad, yr achos yn erbyn Price oedd ei fod wedi:-

"unlawfully and maliciously did destroy a memorial of the dead to wit a tomb-stone in the churchyard adjoining the Priory Church and did throw down another memorial of the dead to wit another tombstone in the said churchyard."

Darlun o Price yn dinistrio cerrig beddi

Pan ymddangosodd Price o flaen y Sesiwn Bach, dywedodd rhifyn 26 Mehefin 1891 y Brecon and Radnor Express:

"Thomas Price, known better in Brecon by the familiar appellation of "Tom the Sawyer," was brought up in custody to the Guild Hall, on Thursday, and charged with maliciously destroying memorials of the dead in the Priory Churchyard (St. John's), Brecon, on the 16th inst. The proceedings were taken at the instance of Mr J J Frost. Price, believing that the family burial ground had been trenched upon, went to the churchyard in anything but a peaceable state of mind, and applied his herculean strength in removing what he thought was objectionable; and when it is considered that he stands about six feet high and possesses a well proportioned physique with muscles developed by many years practice as a sawyer, it can be more easily imagined than described how the work of demolition proceeded. One tombstone after another was lifted out of the ground and thrown down, and serious damage was done. The result of his efforts will be gathered from the following depositions:-
   P S Davies stated that from information he received he visited the Priory Churchyard on Wednesday evening, in company with Superintendent Joseph and Mr J J Frost. He there saw a tombstone which had been pulled up and broken across in a slanting direction. The stone was to the memory of John, son of David Davies, of this town, who died on April 27th, 1829, and also to the memory of the said David Davies. Another stone which defendant had operated upon was to the memory of three persons, viz., James, son of Richard Davies, and Richard Davies and Elizabeth his wife; a piece nine inches by two inches was chipped off this stone. Another marble headstone had been pulled down. When he apprehended defendant he read the warrant to him, and defendant replied: "I would have smashed the lot into smithereens if I had had a hammer, and I'll do it again; they have no business to put them on our ground."

Y tystion eraill oedd: John Bishop, torrwr beddi, Mynwent y Priordy; Annie Bishop, ei wraig; a John James Frost, cerrig beddi aelodau o'i deulu ef a ddifrodwyd.

"The prisoner on Monday was committed for trial at the next quarter sessions for the county."

Cadwyd y carcharor yn y ddalfa tan ddydd Llun.

Dyfyniad o rifyn 26 Mehefin 1891 y Brecon and Radnor Express

Roedd y Sarjant Davies yn yr orsaf heddlu leol ar y Postern, Aberhonddu. Roedd J J Frost yn byw ochr draw'r ffordd i Neuadd y Sir, ar y Watton.

I weld adroddiad y Brecon and Radnor Express am yr achos yn y sesiwn chwarter, ewch ymlaen i Frost v Price.

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