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Derek Bentley should have never have been hanged. His hanging represents a serious miscarriage of justice. He was merely a scapegoat for the crimes of others. Discuss.

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Derek Bentley should have never have been hanged. His hanging represents a serious miscarriage of justice. He was merely a scapegoat for the crimes of others. The hanging of Derek Bentley was wrong and one of the worst cases of injustice in the UK. Derek Bentley came from a normal, working class family that loved and cared for him. Derek Bentley was an innocent young boy aged 19 with a mental age of 11 who suffered from epilepsy. Derek Bentley was hanged because of a cheeky impudent young boy named Christopher Craig who was aged 16.Christopher was the gang leader and bully, he had an elder brother named Niven Craig who was the local gangster, who Chris idolised and worshipped. Niven had recently been jailed and Christopher Craig wanted revenge against the police and authorities. Craig saw Bentley as an easy target and Craig represented something exciting and new to Bentley. Craig got Derek to be part of the local gang. Derek was manipulated into Craig's gang and had a lot of peer pressure on him too. ...read more.

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However Chris was cheeky and impudent in one of the highest courts in the land. Derek Bentley was charged with murder and a recommendation for mercy. While Chris's was charged was ordered to be detained at Her Majesty Pleasure. Derek Bentley should not of been hanged as he had a mental age of 11 when he was 19 and this means he is vulnerable and is easily manipulated by Chris. This was not taken into account in court. Derek also suffered from epilepsy, which would mean that he would find it difficult to make friends. Meaning he would do anything to make friends. Derek found it hard to interact with people his own age, which made him an easy target for bullies. Derek did not kill anyone. On the roof Derek did not even have a gun so he could not of shot anyone. He did have a knuckleduster (that Chris had given to Derek as a present) but didn't even use it this shows that Derek had an opportunity to harm the police but made the decision not to. ...read more.

Conclusion

Derek Bentley was the last person to be hanged in the UK on the 28th January 1953.This miscarriage of justice never happened again. There were hundreds of thousands of people that supported Derek. People did lots things to show they supported Derek like signing petitions, writing letter of support and prayers and all around the country people marched up and down streets and outside the prison however the sentence was still carried out. The Mps would not even discuss Derek's case until his sentence had been carried out. But by then it would have been to late. Capital punishment is wrong way of punishing people. But it is still around in the USA today but has no deterrent as crime levels in the USA show. This proves that Capital Punishment does not prevent crime at all. So why is it still going on? There is always a risk with Capital Punishment that an innocent person will die. Derek was an absolutely innocent boy that has to die for a crime he didn't commit because of a silly, impudent boy who got away with murder. By Prema Jadavji ...read more.

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