HC Deb 19 May 1927 vol 206 cc1362-3
55. Colonel WEDGWOOD

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Cecil William Allen, charged with murder or culpable homicide of a native at Nakuru, in Kenya, and acquitted by a European jury; whether he proposes to take any steps in the matter; and why, in accordance with the instructions given in the Duke of Devonshire's despatch in relation to such cases, a jury was not chosen from some distant area who might not be personally acquainted with the accused?


I have received a full Report on the case. I do not feel called upon to question the verdict of the jury nor to take any steps in the matter. As regards the last part of the question, I am informed that the trial was held in Nairobi in order that the element of personal acquaintanceship with the accused should as far as possible be eliminated from the jury.


Did the right hon. Gentleman read the Judge's summing-up, and did he approve of the line taken by the Judge on this question?


The Chief Justice reported that there was no evidence of any racial bias exercised in favour of the accused, and that the verdict was satisfactory on that point.