HC Deb 05 May 1845 vol 80 cc175-6
Mr. Hume

begged to call the attention of the Home Secretary to a subject which had excited great interest in the parish in which he resided. A gentleman named Mayer had been carried before Mr. Twyford, a police magistrate, for an assault which he had committed under very extenuating circumstances. Bail to any amount was offered by a number of individuals, but was refused; and Mr. Mayer was carried to prison, where he remained for three days, when the matter was brought before the Court of Queen's Bench, and bail was allowed. The circumstance having excited a strong sensation, he begged to ask whether the right hon. Gentleman intended to re-consider, with a view to its amendment, the extraordinary Act of Parliament under which the magistrate was said to have acted.

Sir James Graham

said, he should to-morrow receive a deputation from the parish of Marylebone, on the subject, consisting of the rector and a deputation from the vestry; but at present he knew nothing of the case, except from the accounts in the public papers. When the matter should be brought before him, he would institute an inquiry; but he begged the House and the hon. Member to bear in mind that at present they had only an ex-parte statement before them, and had not yet received the explanation of the magistrate.