§ 10. Mr. GROVES
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Miss Esmee Marie Dorothy Sibley, on 3rd 1274 August, 1934, was sentenced at a London police court to six months' imprisonment and to a fine of £105 in costs on a charge of securing various petty goods by false pretences at Harrod's stores to the total value of £3 12s. 6d.; and, as this was her first offence and she is only 18 years of age and suffers from delicate health, now seriously impaired in prison as testified by her medical advisers, will he look into the case with a view to an early remission of her term of imprisonment?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
I have made inquiries and am informed that Miss Sibley was sentenced to six months' imprisonment after learned Counsel on her behalf had pleaded guilty to seven charges of obtaining goods by false pretences. She appealed to Quarter Sessions against her sentence and the sentence was upheld. I have carefully considered the circumstances of this case, but I have been unable to find any medical or other ground which would justify me in interfering with this sentence. Medical reports which I have obtained do not support the suggestion that imprisonment has impaired her health in any way or that further imprisonment is likely to do so.