HC Deb 24 March 1914 vol 60 c198
69. Mr. TOUCHE

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, since it is the practice to transfer inmates of Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum to a county asylum if still insane at the expiration of the sentence, why Richard D. Pritchard, convicted for an offence for which the maximum penalty is ten years' penal servitude, has been detained at Broadmoor since 1901, and has not been transferred to a county asylum?


When a prisoner is certified insane while under a definite sentence of penal servitude he ceases to be a criminal lunatic at the end of the sentence, and if he is in Broadmoor and still insane, he must by law be removed to a county asylum; but where a person is found by verdict of a jury to be guilty but insane, he is ordered to be detained during His Majesty's pleasure, and remains permanently a criminal lunatic unless and until he can be discharged. Pritchard was found by a jury to be guilty and insane under the Trial of Lunatics Act, 1883, and in accordance with that Act he is detained in Broadmoor as a criminal lunatic.