HC Deb 09 February 1899 vol 66 c321
MR. DAVITT (Mayo, South)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with regard to the case of Guiseppe Labella, a young Italian waiter, who was charged at the Hastings Quarter Sessions in September last with burglary, whether he is aware that the prisoner was apprehended in the house by a detective officer and police sergeant who were awaiting his arrival on the premises; and that Labella was decoyed into this place by an alleged police spy; whether he is aware that the proceedings against Labella were denounced in court as a wicked, malicious, and scandalous police plot, and that Labella was at once acquitted by the jury; and if any inquiry has been ordered into this matter by the Home Office; if so, with what results?


The matter has been thoroughly inquired into There is no reason to suppose that the police were parties to any such plot as is suggested, and I see no reason to take further action in the matter.