• Short Summary

    IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) A SMALL CROWD OF DEMONSTRATORS GATHERED OUTSIDE BRITAIN'S HOME OFFICE TO PROTEST AGAINST TOMORROW'S SCHEDULED HANGING OF TWO MEN CONVICTED OF MURDER.

  • Description

    IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) A SMALL CROWD OF DEMONSTRATORS GATHERED OUTSIDE BRITAIN'S HOME OFFICE TO PROTEST AGAINST TOMORROW'S SCHEDULED HANGING OF TWO MEN CONVICTED OF MURDER. THEY ARE DENNIS WHITTY AND RUSSELL PASCOE, IN THEIR EARLY TWENTIES. THE MAN THEY ARE CONVICTED OF KILLING WAS 64. AMONG THE DEMONSTRATORS WAS MISS HAMILTON, WHITTY'S FIANCEE.

    THE APPARENT LEADER OF THE DEMONSTRATION, MR CHRISTOPHER COWLEY, WAS ALLOWED INSIDE THE BUILDING WITH A PETITION FOR MR HENRY BROOKE, THE HOME SECRETARY. IT ASKED FOR THE REPRIEVE OF THE TWO MEN. LATER MR COWLEY WAS CARRIED OUT AFTER HE HAD SAT DOWN AND REFUSED TO MOVE.

    THE DEMONSTRATION INVOLVED MEMBERS OF THE "COMMITTEE OF 100", -- THEY PLANNED TO DEMONSTRATE ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT AT BRISTOL AND WINCHESTER PRISONS, WHERE THE TWO MEN WILL BE HANGED TOMORROW.

    THERE SEEMS LITTLE CHANCE THAT THE MEN WILL BE REPRIEVED NOW, IF THEY HANG, THEY WILL BE FIRST TO DO SO IN BRITAIN THIS YEAR. THE LAWS INVOLVING CAPITAL PUNISHMENT HAVE BEEN AMENDED DURING THE LAST FEW YEARS LIMITING THE DEATH PENALTY TO A NUMBER OF CHARGES. MURDER WITH ROBBERY, THE CRIME OF WHICH THE TWO MEN WERE CONVICTED, IS A CHARGE STILL CARRYING CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.

    A WIDESPREAD ORGANISATION FOR THE ABOLITION OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT DOES EXIST IN BRITAIN, WITH MANY NATIONAL FIGURES AMONG ITS LEADERSHIP, BUT IT DOES NOT SEEM DIRECTLY CONNECTED WITH THIS DEMONSTRATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8SZW7DG2BEIV5U3V4YL7LATUQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8SZW7DG2BEIV5U3V4YL7LATUQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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