British Executions

Thomas Daley

Age: 40

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 14 Dec 1898

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Maidstone

Method: hanging

Executioner: James Billington


Thomas Daley was a forty year old labourer who beat to death his paramour, Sarah Ann Penfold, at Chatham on 4th June. They had been drinking in a public house and on returning home, they began to quarrel. A neighbour heard a thud followed by a moaning and a cry of 'Don't Tom. you'll kill me.' The disturbance lasted only a few minutes so she decided not to investigate. The next morning. Daley called on his neighbour and told her he thought Sarah was dead. and when she went into the house. she found the woman lying naked on a chair, shockingly disfigured and covered in blood. Beside the body was a blood stained poker. The police were summoned and Daley was taken into custody and charged with murder after he confessed.

Sentenced to death at Kent Assizes and hanged by James Billington. The sentence was carried out in Maidstone on the 14th December 1898.