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Prosecution, Brighton

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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137.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is prepared to advise the remission of the sentence imposed upon Patrick O'Sullivan, of Princess Street, Brighton, who has been sent to prison because he was unable to pay the fine imposed upon him for the offence of building a house with his own labour, without having obtained all the necessary consents.

I have made inquiry. This was a prosecution by a local authority. In December, 1949, summonses were taken out by the Brighton Town Council against O'Sullivan for a breach of Defence Regulation 56A and non-compliance with local building by-laws and later a warrant for his arrest was issued as he failed to appear on the return of the summonses. He was eventually arrested, and on 31st October he pleaded guilty before the Brighton bench to the several charges and was committed to prison on failure to pay the fines imposed by the court. On the information before me I can find no ground for recommending any interference with the sentences.