§ MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that, at the Leicester Quarter Sessions on the 10th inst., the Recorder sentenced Edward Dutton, who had been previously convicted of felony, to 10 years' penal servitude, to be followed by rive years' police supervision, for stealing a set of fireirons; and whether he will consider this sentence with a view to mitigate its severity?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. MATTHEWS,) Birmingham, E.
Yes, Sir; I observe from the Calendar that this man was convicted of receiving stolen goods and sentenced as stated. He had been three times previously convicted, and twice sentenced to long terms of penal servitude. No mitigating circumstances have been laid before me in this case. I am not in possession of any information which would justify me in interfering with the sentence.