MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what were the offences for which the seven prisoners were convicted by Court-Martial in connection with the South African War, who were confined in Irish prisons and recently discharged; what were the grounds upon which they were discharged; and how much of their respective sentences had each served.
§ MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
The detailed statistics required are too long to read out to the House, but I will hand them to the hon. Member for his information.
MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN
Cannot the right hon. Gentleman state the charges and how much of the sentences was served.
§ MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
There are two pages of details. I do not think the House would deem it convenient to have them read.
§ MR. SPEAKER
It is not a question of right. It is for the right hon. Gentleman to exercise his judgment on the matter.
§ Appended is the Answer referred to:—
|Name.||Charges upon which Convicted.||Sentence and Date.|
|William Sherry||(1) When on active service—drunkenness.||5 years penal servitude on 12th February 1901.||Released on 12th May, 1902, on completion of fifteen months of sentence, by order of the Commander-in-chief.|
|(2) Shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm.|
|James Halvey||(1) Striking superior officer on active service.||7 years penal servitude on 27th May, 1901.||Commuted by Commander-in-Chief two years hard labour in June, 1902; released on 13th October, 1902, on his embarkation for India after completeing sixteen and a half months.|
|(2) Violence to superior officer on active service.|
|Thomas Ryan||(1) Releasing a prisoner from lawful custody.||5 years penal servitude on 28th May, 1901.||Commuted by Commander-in-Chief to eighteen months hard labour in June, 1902; sentence expired 27th November, 1902.|
|(2) Insubordinate language to superior officer on active service.|
|(3) Inciting mutiny|
|Thomas Coughlan||(1) Murder||Death. 28th June, 1901.||Commuted to penal servitude for life; released on 21st December, 1903, by Commander-in-Chief after completing two and a half years in prison, it being considered by the Judge Advocate-General that the case was one in which a verdict of manslaughter might properly have been found, there being an absence of motive.|
|John McDonagh||(1) Housebreaking (2 charges).||3 years penal servitude on 18th April, 1902.||Released on 17th October, 1903, on completion of eighteen months of sentence, by order of Commander-in-Chief,|
|Martin Kavanagh||(1) Receiving stolen goods (2 charges).||3 years penal servitude on 19th April, 1902.||Released on 17th October, 1903, on completion of one year of sentence, by order of the Commander-in-Chief.|
|Charles Kavanagh||(1) Insubordinate language and striking his superior officer.||5 years penal servitude on 22nd November, 1902.||Commuted to one and a half years hard labour on 11th February, 1903, by order of the Commander-in-Chief. Sentence expired 21st October, 1904.|