HC Deb 11 May 1905 vol 146 cc49-50

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the case of James Nicholson, aged 17 years, of no home, who was sentenced last Saturday at the South-Western Court to 14 days imprisonment for stealing a loaf of bread, and to the fact that Nicholson told the policemen who arrested him that he was hungry and destitute; and whether, in view of the Court missionary's testimony to Nicholson's character, he will order his release.


I have called for a report from the magistrate who dealt with this case, but I have not yet received his reply. As soon as I do so, I will carefully consider the matter.


Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the man has already served a week of his sentence, and will he see he is released immediately?

[No Answer was returned.]

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