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
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.