HC Deb 24 July 1866 vol 184 cc1384-5

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to the circumstances under which Neville Maskelyne Toomer, notwithstanding strong medical evidence in his favour, was convicted at the Berkshire Assizes, held at Abingdon on the 11th of July last, and sentenced to fifteen years' penal servitude, and whether Her Majesty's Government intend to take any steps in regard to that sentence?


My attention, Sir, has been called only indirectly to the case in question. It is usual at the Home Office, and with great propriety, to wait until the convict, or some person on his behalf, applies to have his case taken into consideration. That case has not come directly under my notice upon such application at present. I expect from what I hear that it will in a day or two, and the moment it does I will give my best attention to the subject.