Petition for Release (F. Benton).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Major C. LOWTHER:

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asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case of Frederick Benton, now serving a sentence of imprisonment; whether he has received a petition for the man's release on the grounds that evidence in another case established Benton's innocence; and whether he will request the Chief Commissioner to hold an inquiry as to the conduct of the police in the matter?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

My attention has been called to this case. In view of the acquittal of Benton's companion, Dearman, at Quarter Sessions, I have recommended the remission of Benton's sentence, and he has been released. The facts which have come to my notice give no ground for suggesting that the police were guilty of any misconduct.

Major LOWTHER:

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the question of awarding some compensation to this innocent man, who was imprisoned for a certain time?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

No, Sir. He was found guilty by the Court, and I have done the most that I can.