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1953: Derek Bentley hanged for murder Two people one under the age of 18 and another 19 years of age broke in to a warehouse armed. Derek Bentley 19 years of age and Christopher Craig, both fans of American gang and mafia movies in the 1950' s were accused of the murder of PC Sidney Miles after a raid took place at the warehouse. Christopher Craig began shooting randomly while Derek Bentley was held next to a police officer under arrest, until Craig shot PC Miles who then died. Both were arrested and taken t o court. Derek Bentley was a 19 year old who was executed in 1953, 11 December at 9:00 for murder. He was executed for the murder of PC Sidney Miles. Many last-minute appeals were made but were rejected. Alongside Derek to stand trial for the murder of PC Sidney Miles was co-defendant, Christopher Craig. ...read more.


But when Bentley came to the witness box he was confused about whether he was under arrest, therefore the matter was not taken further. Above all one sure fact was that Bentley had willingly gone with Craig in order to force an entry into the warehouse, armed with a knife and a knuckle duster. Lord Goddard was not sympathetic and said to be biased to the case. It did not take the jury long in order to return guilty verdicts against both Craig and Bentley. Craig was given imprisonment concerning his age and was released after 10 years. Derek Bentley was sentenced execution. Appeals Derek Bentley's appeal was heard. It was rejected on the 13th of January 1953. His sentence now was the responsibility of the Home Secretary, Sir David Maxwell Fife. The Home Secretary had the power to advocate to the Queen that she implement an acquittal for the condemned prisoner without giving reasons. ...read more.


These are he did not fire a gun and therefore not have killed PC Miles. Secondly, he had not at any time had the intention to kill anyone. He was under arrest or in the custody of another officer at the time constable Miles died. And he did not try to escape at any time. Bentley had a low IQ as well as a child mental state, which proves his actions cannot be blamed therefore this makes Craig thee dominant one. The phrase "Let him have it, Chris" is clearly receptive. The phrase sounds like Bentley is telling Craig to give the gun to the police officer rather than to shoot him. Before the death sentence was abolished persons of 18 or over were allowed the execution sentence, therefore, if a person over the age of 18 in tried bbut has a mental age of 10, should they be sentenced execution? Technically, if mental age was considered in the trial then Derek Bentley would not of had been executed, this shows clearly this was not the case. ...read more.

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