British Executions

John Thomas Kay

Age: 52

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 16 Aug 1904

Crime Location: 224 Sheffield Road, Ickles, Rotherham

Execution Place: Leeds

Method: hanging

Executioner: John Billington


John Thomas Kay was convicted of the murder of his girlfriend Jane Hirst 43 and sentenced to death.

He battered her to death at 224 Sheffield Road, Ickles, Rotherham on 10 May 1904. Afterwards he gave himself up a confessed to killing her.

They had been living together. They were both addicted to drink and shad a quarrel during which he attacked her with a hatchet.

She was found with her skull smashed and cleft open but was still breathing, however, she died soon after.

John Kay claimed that he was suffering from delirium tremens and that the attack was the result of impulsive insanity.

John Kay was a labourer and Jane Hirst was a widow.

see Dundee Courier - Saturday 30 July 1904

see Derby Daily Telegraph - Saturday 14 May 1904

see Western Gazette - Friday 13 May 1904

see Shields Daily Gazette - Saturday 30 July 1904

see Dundee Evening Post - Friday 13 May 1904

see Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Tuesday 10 May 1904