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John Vickers was the first person executed since August 1955, and the first person executed under the Homicide Act 1957.

The act was introduced following several controversial executions since the end of the Second World War. For details of some of these cases click here. This act restricted the use of capital to five types of murder: murder with firearms or explosion, murder in course or furtherance of theft, murder of a police officer or prison officer, murder in the cause of resisting arrest or escaping and murder on two different occasions.

The Case Details

John Vickers, aged 22, was convicted for the offence of murder in the course or furtherance of theft. He murdered a 72 year old lady, who was the shopkeeper at the premises he was attempting to burgle. He was hanged at Durham Jail on 23 July 1957.

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