HC Deb 21 February 1842 vol 60 cc728-9
Lord Eliot

begged to explain that he had been misinformed as to the fact that the man sentenced to death for killing a goat had been immediately liberated. On the Irish Government communicating with the assistant barrister, it appeared that the act in question was committed under very aggravated circumstances; that it was not the man's first offence; that it had been committed from wilful malice; and that, under those circumstances, it had not been thought fit immediately to liberate him, but his punishment had been commuted to twelve months' imprisonment. The matter was not of much importance, but he was anxi- ous, at all times, to be particular as to the correctness of any information he might give to the House.