HC Deb 04 August 1924 vol 176 cc2515-6

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Eugene Guidici, who has been in this country for over seven years, is now in the hospital of Pentonville Prison serving a sentence, passed last week, as an alien who has failed to notify; that the sentence is a month's imprisonment and a recommendation for deportation; and that this man is and was at the time of the alleged offence suffering from a mental breakdown; and whether he will take steps to release him in view of the fact that he could have had no criminal intent at the time?


It is true that the offence of which this man was convicted was that of failing to keep his address properly registered with the police; but as is often the case there is a good deal lying behind. The man is somewhat hysterical, but is not of unsound mind and is not unfit for imprisonment. I am satisfied that it is in the interests of this country and probably also of the alien himself that he should be deported at the end of his sentence.


Is the hon. Member aware that this man is at the present time in hospital because he is mentally unstable, and therefore could not have been guilty of the offence with which he is charged?


That is not the information in my possession.