HC Deb 06 July 1922 vol 156 c568
42. Mr. GOULD

asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been called to the sentence of three months' hard labour imposed by the Llandaff (Glamorganshire) magistrate on Monday last upon Henry Clinton Roberts, aged 17, for being concerned in the theft of two magnetos from a garage: if he is aware that the case was rushed through without adequate time being allowed to procure defence for the lad; that the lad when charged immediately showed the police-where the goods were hidden, and that he had previously borne a good character; and whether, in view of its having been a first offence, he will exercise his authority to mitigate the severity of this sentence?


I am making inquiry into this case, and will communicate with my hon. Friend.


Cannot the right hon. Gentleman possibly suspend the sentence and allow the boy out on bail?


I am sorry I have no power either to suspend the sentence or to allow the boy out on bail. But if the circumstances justify it, I can recommend His Majesty to reduce the sentence. I am much obliged to my hon. Friend for bringing the case to my attention.