HC Deb 11 November 1920 vol 134 cc1380-1W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether an ex-major in the Army named Ewen Bruce was prosecuted at Kilkenny over a week ago for the larceny of £75 from the Kells Creamery; whether the intelligence officer at Kilkenny Barracks telephoned to the local newspapers after the trial warning them against publishing the evidence in the case; and under what Statute, by what authority, and with what object was this warning issued to the newspapers?


An ex-officer named Evan Bruce, together with three other persons now in custody, two of whom are soldiers, is awaiting trial by court-martial for larceny from Kells Creamery. I am informed that Bruce was recently brought before a resident magistrate and committed for trial, and that, as this procedure was considered irregular, the local military authorities requested the Press not to publish an account of the proceedings pending the trial by court-martial. All four accused will be tried by court-martial shortly, and the trial will, of course, as usual be open to the public.