§ Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE
asked the Home Secretary whether Sergeant Roche stated in his confession that, on the occasion of the raid at Windsor Barracks, Hogan and Cooley went fully armed; why this fact was not brought out in evidence by the Government counsel at the trial; and if he can say, in view of Roche's confession that Hogan was in close touch with Sinn Fein headquarters in Cadogan Gardens, why this fact was not brought out in evidence by the Government counsel?
§ Mr. SHORTT
Allegations such as are mentioned in the question were made by Roche with regard to Hogan and Cooley, but it was left entirely to counsel to bring out at the trial such evidence as was relevant to the charge on which they were tried, namely, conspiracy to steal and receive arms. They were convicted on this charge, and, in accordance with the usual practice, the further charge under the Firearms Act, 1920, was not proceeded with.