HC Deb 14 March 1876 vol 227 cc2011-2

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is true that at the Salford Hundred Sessions lately held George Warrington, a clerk, thirty-three years of age, was ordered to be flogged for leaving his wife and children chargeable to the Salford Union; and, whether the sentence has been carried into effect; and, if not, whether he will direct it to be commuted?


, in reply, said, it was quite true that the person in question was brought before the Quarter Sessions, charged with deserting his wife and children, and as an "incorrigible rogue." He had been several times convicted for other matters, and four times within the last three years had been sentenced, for neglecting his wife and children, to one month, to two months, again to one month, and, lastly, to four months' imprisonment. He was, therefore, sentenced at Quarter Sessions as an incorrigible rogue and vagabond. It was right to state that on his last conviction one of the magistrates had actually made a place for him, and given him fair wages for his work. Shortly after he left his work, and committed the offence for which he had been convicted. The magistrate who tried him was a barrister of long standing, of the highest character, and of very great experience.