HC Deb 25 March 1889 vol 334 cc709-10

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the sentence of five years' penal servitude passed by Mr. Justice Grantham upon James Taylor at the Cardiff Assize, as reported in the South Wales Echo of Friday, 14th March, for an indecent assault; whether in the morning papers of the following day the sentence is stated to be 18 months' penal servitude; which of the two periods the convicted man is undergoing; and, whether he can account for the discrepancy?


My attention has been called to this case. The original sentence of penal servitude was passed by inadvertence, and was corrected the same day by the learned Judge, who imposed a sentence of 18 months' imprisonment.