HC Deb 16 December 1935 vol 307 cc1410-1
84. Mr. MESSER

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider the early release from prison of Mr. Guy Gordon Haddon, who was charged at the Old Bailey on 17th January with breach of recognisances, and whose time would have expired on 17th November but for the technical error of his application for leave to appeal being late?


This prisoner applied in January for leave to appeal against sentence, and this application, which was made within the time allowed by the Criminal Appeal Act, 1907, was duly considered by the Court and refused. About four months later he applied for leave to appeal against his original conviction and for an extension of the time within which such application is required to be made; these applications were also considered by the Court and refused. The Act provides that the period during which a person is treated as an appellant pending the determination of his appeal shall not count as part of his sentence unless the Court so directs. The Court gave no such direction on either occasion, and my right hon. Friend is not aware of any ground on which he would be justified in advising any remission of this prisoner's sentence so as to allow of his release earlier than in the ordinary course.


Am I to understand from the answer that there was no technical error?