HC Deb 19 July 1904 vol 138 cc414-5
MR. JOYCE (Limerick)

; I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been lately called to the cases of the five soldiers of the Leinster Regiment—John Roche, J, Maher, J. Barrett, A. Dunn, and Edward Roche, now in penal servitude in Pretoria for being concerned in a not in which a soldier named Casey lost his life; and whether, in view of the circumstances of the case and the character of the evidence given against these men, he will have an inquiry made with a view to their sentence being mitigated.


No, Sir. No grounds have been submitted to me on which I should be justified in intervening in the administration of justice in this case.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if the time has not arrived when the sentences passed on all young soldiers in South Africa should be gone into?

[No Answer was returned.]


Well wait until after the general election. They will be reversed then.