HC Deb 03 August 1891 vol 356 c1124

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the sentence of penal servitude for life passed on Ann Turner, convicted at the Leeds Assizes of being accessory after the fact to murder; and whether, as it would appear that the offence was committed by the prisoner in order to screen her son, and as she herself gave information to the police after an interval of three days, he will give effect to the strong recommendation to mercy which the jury coupled with their verdict of "guilty"?


I have seen a newspaper report of the case. I have not as yet had time to make any inquiry into the circumstances, and am not, therefore, at present in a position to express any opinion on the case.