British Executions

Alfred Dews

Age: 28

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 21 Aug 1894

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Leeds

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Murder of infant son; Leeds

Twenty eight year old Alfred Dews was an iron moulder from Wakefield who was sentenced to death at Leeds Assizes for the murder of his infant son. Dews poisoned the child after a jealous quarrel with his wife when he became convinced he wasn't the child's father. He claimed he was innocent to the last and left a will telling his wife how to dispose of his property. He was hanged by James Billington in Leeds on the 21st August 1894.