HC Deb 27 May 1897 vol 49 c1413

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will again take into consideration the petition in favour of the release of Thomas Collins, a Kerry prisoner, at present confined in the invalid prison at Maryborough; and whether, owing to the seriously injured condition of the prisoner's mind, his release will be granted?


The case of this convict was considered, on memorial, so recently as last month, and the Lords Justices, who had before them a special medical report on the mental and physical condition of the prisoner, decided that there were no grounds for a remission of sentence. It is not correct to say that the mental state of the prisoner is seriously impaired.