Juvenile Offender (Sentence, Salisbury).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons at on 14 June 1932.

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Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

My right hon. Friend has given careful consideration to this case. Hayter was convicted not only of abduction but of two charges of unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl of 15 years, and it was clear from the evidence that he was fully aware of the girl's age. In passing sentence, the learned judge said that it was quite impossible to pass the offence over without punishment, and that it was not a. suitable case for a Borstal Institution. Hayter is now in the special Young Prisoners Centre at Bristol Prison. It was open to Hayter to apply free of cost to the Court of Criminal Appeal for leave to appeal against his sentence, but although his rights in this respect were fully explained to him he did not avail himself of them. No new facts have been brought to the notice of my right hon. Friend, and he regrets that he can find no grounds which would justify him in recommending any interference with the sentence passed by the Court.