§ MR. CRILLY (Mayo, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home; Department whether he has seen the report in the Daily News, of the 24th inst., of the case of a man named Jones, who was tried before Mr. Warry, Q.C, at the London County Sessions sitting at Clerkenwell, charged with stealing a purse containing 2s. 4d., and, on conviction, was sentenced by Mr. Warry to 10 years' penal servitude, and from which it appears that the prosecution failed to prove that Jones was seen to take the purse or ever had it in his possession; and if he will consider the advisability of remitting some portion of this sentence; and I may also ask him if he is aware that this Magistrate has today sentenced another man to 10 years' penal servitude for stealing an overcoat?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
I am not in possession of any particulars with regard to these cases, but I will make inquiry at once.