Oral Answers to Questions — Murder Charge (Compensation Claim).

– in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

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asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Linney, the deaf labourer from Hancastle, who was acquitted of murder after being 11 weeks in gaol; and whether, in view of the fact that the man's wife, with her baby, suffered both financially and mentally during those 11 weeks and that the man is now free but without his job, there is any fund from which such eases can be compensated?

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

My attention has been drawn to the case, but I regret there is no fund out of which compensation can be paid to persons charged with offences and subsequently acquitted.