Case Study on Capital Punishment Derek Bentley and Chris Craig

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Case Study on Capital Punishment

Derek Bentley and Chris Craig

This essay will describe the tragic story of Derek Bentley who was executed in 1953 for murder.

A bombing raid over London in 1941 resulted in a young boy, Derek Bentley to be trapped under piles of rubble which may of caused some brain damage, giving Derek Epilepsy. Several years later Derek ends up with some young vandals looking for trouble, Derek gets caught and his family assign him to an approved school. After his release at the age of 19, he spent the next year in his parents’ custody. During his release he refused to leave the house and often never left his room. His caring sister Iris builds up his confidence and Derek after a year went into the outside world again. It was hard for Derek doing simple things which we often take for an advantage, things like remembering song lyrics or giving the correct tokens. It was said he had the mental age of an 11 year old.

Derek’s family weren’t really that well off so they could not pay for help for Derek. Apart form Iris, his family didn’t think highly of Derek and disapprove of what ever he did. Iris was the one who helped Derek the most she was the one who helped him gain confidence in himself.

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Chris Craig was the other participant to this case at the age of 16; Chris was a very family influenced teenager. His brother Nivan being a high-rolling gangster convinces Chris to lead a life of organised crime. Chris also had a fixation of firearms; he always carried a loaded firearm on his person and even traded them with people at school.

Chris Craig latches onto Derek and lures him into a life of petty crime. Though Derek suspicious of Chris’ criminal activities, he is taken in by the attentions of Chris, who Derek sees as his friend. Chris ...

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