HC Deb 08 August 1889 vol 339 cc799-800

May I ask the Home Secretary whether it is true, as stated in a great many newspapers, that one of Her Majesty's Judges was, at the termination of a criminal trial in Liverpool yesterday, followed and mobbed by a hissing and hooting crowd; whether the jurors and witnesses in the case were also hissed and hooted; and whether the prisoner, who had been found guilty of poisoning her husband, was cheered when placed in the prison van?


I have no official information upon the points to which the hon. Gentleman has referred. I have seen the statements in the newspaper, and I have read with the deepest regret that that kind of popular review of the conduct of either Judge or jury should ever be witnessed in this country.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he has seen from the papers, or learned from any official source, whether the police, who were in great force on that occasion, either batoned or bayoneted or shot the people?