HC Deb 22 April 1913 vol 52 c242

I beg to ask the Home Secretary a question, of which I have given him private notice, namely, Whether Walter Sykes, who is under sentence of death, has been examined by a physician recognised as an alienist, who has had ample experience in mental affections, with a view to ascertaining the prisoner's mental condition, and as to how far he can be regarded as responsible for his actions, seeing that the medical officer of the prison admitted, in reply to a question, that the prisoner was to a certain extent weak-minded?


The prisoner has been under prolonged observation by an experienced medical officer, who has been unable to discover any indication of insanity, and the circumstances of the case do not disclose any ground for further inquiry as to the prisoner's mental condition.