HC Deb 25 July 1933 vol 280 cc2421-2W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a convict, on 24th March, 1924, broke away from a working party outside Parkhurst Convict Prison, entered the official quarters of Officer E. T. W. Fry, and made an attack on his daughter by attempting to strangle her with a rope, and made an attack on Mrs. Fry who went to the daughter's assistance; what was the nature of the injuries to the two women; what is their present state of health; and whether any compensation has been paid to Mr. Fry?


Full reports of the incident to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers were made at the time and are on record. Neither Mrs. Fry nor Miss Fry received any physical injury, and, though they suffered some shock, there was nothing to suggest that the casewas one for compensation. The only request made to the prison commissioners was for some small financial assistance to enable Mrs. and Miss Fry to take a short holiday, and this request was granted. Mr. Fry, who was transferred to Portsmouth Prison in 1926 and to Lewes Prison in 1931, was superannuated from the prison service last March, and the last medical report on the health of his wife and daughter is a report made in July, 1924.