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"Let Him Have it, Chris"

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This book covers the Bentley and Craig trial in 11 pages, half of which argue a mostly irrelevant point of law. Bentley's lawyers filed appeals highlighting the ambiguities of the ballistic evidence, Bentley's mental age and the fact that he did not fire the fatal shot. Five years later Bentley’s conviction was quashed – the unfortunate teen sent to the gallows for a crime he did not commit was innocent all along. In his book The Scientific Investigation of Crime, the prosecution's ballistics expert Lewis Nickolls stated that he recovered four bullets from the roof, two of .

Witnesses to the crime reported hearing Bentley shouting, “Let him have it, Chris,” before the trigger was pulled.He comes across as an extremely smug and arrogant man who regards some judges as incompetent bullies. A poor condition book can still make a good reading copy but is generally not collectible unless the item is very scarce. Sometimes I do thinks that there should be a lethal injection available in the UK, for those on life tariff who want it. Most Definitely Not a Villain: Vincent manages to deceive The Bentleys by shedding his hoodlum threads and affecting a persona of a dorky teen friend of Derek's.

It was within Fyfe’s power to advise the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth to show mercy, commuting Bentley’s death sentence to life imprisonment. It was on the evidence of four words - Let him have it - that Derek Bentley was sent to the gallows in 1953. Despite his family's efforts and public support, Bentley is executed in 1953 within a month of being convicted, before Parliament takes any official action. Craig then emptied the gun towards the officers, before jumping ten metres from the warehouse roof and landing on a greenhouse.

English law at the time did not recognise the concept of diminished responsibility due to retarded development, though it existed in Scottish law (it was introduced to England by the Homicide Act 1957). I thank the Queen for the posthumous pardon, however in my opinion it makes the most minor difference as Bentley was still hanged. I found the book interesting, but I am not convinced that PC Pain's testimony would have caused a different outcome if the trial had been conducted properly. On December 11, 1952, 2 young men, Christopher Craig and Derek Bentley, were found guilty of the murder of a policeman, Sidney Miles. A real page-turner, it makes several references to Derek, and some of the arguments about his case are played out again in the novel.

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