The influence of people such as E.D. Thomas and R.M. Hope on this court case must have been considerable. Judging by the punishment meted out to Rhys Williams, the Bench was highly partisan ; the sentence was extremely harsh in comparison with that given to another man who was found guilty of a similar offence, in the same court, on the same day  :
At the same session another case of brutality was heard in which William Powell, farmer, Maesllech, Garth, was charged by George Cairns, gamekeeper, of Llwynmadoc, with assaulting him in a brutal manner on the 7th June last, near Garth Inn . . . George Cairns stated that defendant began to quarrel with him when on the road, about 40 yards from Garth. Complainant then walked on in front and got over the hedge. As defendant and his friends came up, complainant heard defendant cursing him. Complainant then called out “Leave me alone”. Defendant ran up to him and knocked him down. He got up, and defendant knocked him down again. He was stunned, and when he came to himself he found defendant’s hand in his mouth, trying to tear his lips. He pulled away, but he tore complainant’s lips very badly with his nails. Complainant had two black eyes. Defendant was fined £5, including costs.
 D.Davies, Ton, Gwyllt Dirwedd Ceredigion, Cymru, Ebrill, 1912, p 197.
 Samuel Lewis, Topographical Dictionary of Wales, London, 1833, p 13-
 Brecon County Times, 26th June 1875, page 5
The knife he put back into his pocket . . . and I tripped him up. When the defendant got up he struck me down with my stick.
It could be argued that it was Hugh Jones who was the original aggressor (he tripped Rhys Williams, and he was the one carrying the stick) – there was nobody there to say who started things off and who was, initially, defending himself.
Presumably, the sheep belonged to Mr E.D. Thomas and/or Mr Mr R.M. Hope.
Mr R.M. Hope, on the other hand, was a local land-