British Executions

William Hughes

Age: 42

Sex: male

Crime: murder

Date Of Execution: 17 Feb 1903

Crime Location: Old Rhosrobin, Wrexham

Execution Place: Ruthin

Method: hanging

Executioner: William Billington


William Hughes was convicted of the murder of his wife Jane Hannah Hughes 32 and sentenced to death.

He shot her at Old Rhosrobin, Wrexham on Monday 10 November 1902.

He had recently served 3 months' imprisonment for deserting his wife at Shrewsbury Gaol.

After being released he went to see her at a house where she was doing the house keeping and shot her with a double barrelled shotgun. She was found dead at the foot of the stairs. Her clothes had been set on fire and burnt from the shots which had passed straight through her side.

After he walked up to a policeman in High Street, Wrexham at about 3.30pm and told them what he had done.

see Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 21 February 1903

see Tamworth Herald - Saturday 15 November 1902

see National Archives - HO 144-691-104599