HC Deb 09 September 1887 vol 321 c29
SIR GUYER HUNTER (Hackney, Central)

asked Mr. Attorney General, I Whether his attention has been called to the case of John Hay, wrongly convicted on the 29th day of May, 1885, who subsequently received a free pardon, and is now desirous of bringing an action for false imprisonment; and, whether it is correct that, notwithstanding the pardon, he is disentitled to bring such action?


I have ascertained the facts respecting the case referred to in the Question of the hon. Member. It appears that John Hay was convicted of receiving stolen goods; but subsequently received a free pardon. As the law at present stands, in order to support an action for false imprisonment, it is necessary that the proceedings should be terminated in favour of the person who complains. A pardon does not get rid of the original conviction. It is, therefore, correct that, notwithstanding the pardon, John Hay is not entitled to bring such action.