British Executions

Ronald Henry Marwood

Age: 25

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 8 May 1959

Crime Location:

Execution Place: Pentonville

Method: hanging

Executioner: Harry Allen


Ronald Marwood stabbed Raymond Henry Summers 23 killing him. The murder took place late at night, he had been out drinking all day and had had 10 pints to drink and ended up at Greys Dance Hall on Seven Sisters Road, Holloway. He got involved in a street fight with several other people in which he was hit on the head with an axe, but it was only a minor wound and he walked away.

However, he then noticed his friend being talked to by a policeman and went over to interveen as he believed his friend was being picked on. The policeman was Raymond Summers and he pushed Ronald Marwood away. Then Ronald Marwood said he pushed Raymond Summers back but in fact he stabbed him and he was dead shortly afterwards.

He was questioned the next day but there was no evidence to charge him and so he was released, however, he later returned to the police station and confessed to the murder.

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