British Executions

Samuel Yarham

Age: unknown

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 4 Apr 1846

Crime Location: Great Yarmouth

Execution Place: Norwich

Method: hanging

Executioner: unknown


Samuel Yarham was convicted of the murder of Harriet Candler who he beat to death with a hammer in her home in November 1844.

Harriet Candler kept a chandler's shop and had recently recieved a legacy of £150 of which she made no secret.

Initially four men were arrested in relation to the crime including Samuel Yarham based on circumstantual evidence. However, Samuel Yarham who lived upstairs as a lodger in the womans house said that he was woken up by a noise in the shop and when he went to investigate he he saw two of the men there and the third standing a short distance away. He said that they offered his some of the spoil and threatened him with vengence if he betrayed them. the house when he saw the three men coming out of the dead womans house and they told him that they had killed Harriet Candler and he went in to look and then went home. He said he was so scared of the threat that he said nothing of the murder until he was arrested for it.

Samuel Yarham then stood as a witness in the trial of the three men who were charged with the murder. However Samuel Yarham's testimony was thrown out and the three men were were aquitted.

Following the aquittal, based on the information that Samuel Yarham had given as a witness Samuel Yarham was tried for the murder of Harriet Candler. It turned out that because Samuel Yarham thought that by being a witness in the trial he would become immune to all prosecution he revealed facts that made his guilt conclusive.

Samuel Yarham was found guilty and hanged. At the foot of his scaffold to witness his execution stood two of the three men that he himself had tried to bring about the same fate with his false testimony.

see Carlisle Journal - Saturday 19 April 1845

see Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser - Saturday 03 November 1860

see National Archives - ASSI 36/5