HC Deb 06 May 1912 vol 38 cc36-7

asked whether the Home Secretary will have a report made on the case of Sarah Barber, who was convicted about March, 1908, of the murder of her infant son and who was then found to be insane; whether she has, in fact, improved in bodily health; and whether he will consider the question of allowing her imprisonment to be relaxed or a discharge granted?


This woman was found by a jury to be insane and unfit to plead in February, 1908. Since then she has been not in prison, but in Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum. In view of all the facts of the case and the last reports of the woman's mental condition, I am afraid it would not be safe to authorise her discharge from the asylum.

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