HC Deb 27 April 1920 vol 128 cc1071-2W

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Georges Coders, convicted of murdering a Canadian sergeant at Bramshott camp on the 8th December, 1915, who was afterwards found to be insane and was ordered to be detained during His Majesty's pleasure; whether His Majesty's pleasure could be exercised in ordering the transfer of this young man to an asylum in Quebec, where his parents, Monsieur and Madam Codere, now far advanced in years, might have an opportunity of seeing their son; and whether, if it were found impossible to transfer Codere to an asylum, he could advise His Majesty to grant the release of the man on condition that his parents undertook to place him in some asylum in Quebec?


This case has received my careful consideration. Codere was not found to be insane, but was convicted and sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life, and, having regard to all the facts of the case, I regret that I do not feel able to recommend any further intervention in the convict's favour.