HC Deb 13 May 1881 vol 261 cc403-4

asked the Lord Advocate, If any further in- quiry in the Glenluce murder case is contemplated by the Government, in order, if possible, that the guilty person or persons may be brought to justice, or, at least, that the person or persons against whom local suspicion attaches may, if possible, be exonerated?


Sir, I can assure my hon. Friend that the Glenluce murder case has within the last few weeks occupied much of the time and attention of the local authorities and of the Crown counsel in Edinburgh under my direction, and a very full and careful inquiry has been instituted with reference to the persons to whom suspicion is directed. As regards the girl Anderson, who was suspected, she has been examined in Edinburgh, in presence of the Crown agent and two of the Crown counsel, who have separately written to me that they are perfectly satisfied as to her candour and innocence. As to the other parties referred to in the Question, after reading the depositions, I see no ground for a criminal prosecution against any of them. I must now express the hope that, after the very careful inquiry made, the people of Wigtownshire will let this matter rest, with the assurance that everything will be done that is possible on the part of the Prosecution Department to discover the guilty party and bring him to justice.