British Executions

Patrick Morley

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 31 Dec 1895

Crime Location:

Execution Place: unknown

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


December 31st: Patrick MORLEY (38)
An Irish labourer convicted of the murder of his wife, Elizabeth, at Batley, after she had left him and refused to return. She had walked out on him because of his constant violence towards her. On 21 September, while drunk, he called on her and asked her to lend him a shilling. When she refused, he shot her. He was tried before Mr Justice Grantham and pleaded insanity, also claiming that the gun had gone off accidentally. Unfortunately for Morley, Grantham's summing up was heavily in favour of the prosecution and he was found guilty. Hanged by Billington.