HC Deb 20 March 1832 vol 11 c500
Mr. Hunt

, seeing the hon. the Secretary of State in his place, begged to ask him, if he had seen in the papers an account of the conviction of a person of the name of Russell, the gaoler of Huntingdon, for murder? He was sentenced on Friday, and, in such cases, it was usual that the criminal should be executed on the following Monday. He understood that the execution had not taken place.

Mr. Lamb

said, that a delay had taken place, but he could not tell the hon. Gentleman what would be the result of it.

The Attorney General

observed, that the prisoner was found guilty, as accessory, before the fact, to the death of a female who had murdered herself. There were doubts whether, under these circumstances, the indictment was correct, and a gentleman at the Bar had come up to town to suggest those doubts, and have the case considered. It was on that account that the delay had occurred.