HC Deb 26 March 1929 vol 226 c2243

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the case of Mrs. Mary Ann Saunders, and her son Oliver Tyssul Saunders, of Cwmdare, Aberdare, who were sentenced at the Glamorganshire assize, in June, 1927, Mrs. Saunders to three months' imprisonment in the second division, and her son to six months' imprisonment, for the alleged sending of anonymous letters to various persons living at Cwmdare; is he aware that some 36 anonymous letters were received by some of the same persons during the period Mrs. Saunders and her son were imprisoned; and, as the police have since discovered a person placing anonymous letters in a post-box addressed to the same persons, will he state whether, in view of these new facts, he will have this case re-examined?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir William Joynson-Hicks)

As the hon. Member knows, I am well acquainted with the facts of this case and, if any new facts have come to his notice since I wrote to him in December last, I shall be glad to consider them if he will kindly inform me of them. As regards the last part of the question, I am satisfied that the local Police, with whom the matter rests, have done and are ready to do everything in their power to secure evidence which would throw fresh light upon the case referred to. At present, there is nothing before me that would justify me in reopening the case.