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1830 Thomas Hassell

Unusualy for this period Thomas Hassell was convicted of Murder, and then his sentence was commuted to transportation.
On the night of 26th July 1830 an altercation broke out late in the evening outside the Phoenix, a public house owned by Joseph Chesters. 19 year old Hassell, aolong with a friend were a bit worse for wear, and refusing to pay back a debt he owed to John Chesters. Following a bit of pushing and shoving, Hassells stabbed Sarah Chester, who presumably tried to help breaking up the fight.
There were numerous witnesses to the incident, and Hassells was tried at the Cheshire Summer Assizes, and found guilty, with a reccomendation to mercy on account of his age, and previous good character.
He was sentenced to hang on 6th September, although the sentence was respited whilst appeals were made. Sentence was commuted, and he was transported for life.
He sailed on the ‘Exmouth’ departing on 3rd March 1831, and arriving in New South Wales on 28th July, 1831, along with 289 other convicts.

Harold Neville Potts 1945

Potts was convicted of the murder of both his parents, Leonard and Mabel on 17th June 1945, at their home in Chester Road, Poynton. Potts was in charge of a local Army Cadet group, and was keen to take up a career in the armed forces, which his father disagreed with. On returning home from a night out, he had a further argument with his father as he was late home. Potts had been allowed to bring home various weapons from his Cadet base, including a sten gun and ammunition, which he used to shoot his parents when they were in bed. He then fininshed them off with a hammer.
Too young to be sentenced to death, he was sentenced to be detained until the pleasure of his majesty be known

Alfred Ernest Derrick 1910

Convicted for the murder of Hannah Mary Etchells with whom he was having an affair. He was a native of Exeter, where he had a wife and children, and on 21st May he went for an evening walk with Hannah. She was later found dead, having been strangled, with a leather belt around her neck. He was found nearby with superficial wounds to his neck. He later claimed they had a row, and he walked off, returning later to find her dead, and he tried to kill himself. The previous year he had been found guilty of not paying upkeep for his wife and 3 children.
Sentenced to death, his appeal also failed, but he was reprieved in August 1910

Henry Taylor 1949

Convicted in 1949 for the murder of 13 year old school girl, Pearl Cowman. She was reported missing on 24th August, and her body was found in the canal at Stalybridge 2 days later. 41 year old Taylor denied any involvement , but shortly after her body was found he began behaving oddly, telling fellow workers that he ‘smelled of death’.He had been seen with Pearl by several people after she had been sent for chips by her grandmother whom she lived with.
Sentenced to death, he was due to be executed on 29th December, but received a reprieve on Christmas Eve.

William Thomas Hodgson 1917

Hodgson was convicted on purely circumstantial evidence of the murder of his wife and daughter in Wallasey. On the day in question he went to work as normal and returned in the evening when he was arrested. He was suspected immediately, and was discovered to be having an affair with a waitress.
The murder weapon, a hatchet, was discovered at the scene. There was also a case found with a selection of valuables, as if a burgular had been disturbed, but despite no blood on his clothing, and no link to the murder weapon he was found guilty after just 10 minutes deliberation.
His demeanour in court was detatched, and his attitude to the victims was off hand, which seemed to influence to jury.
An appeal failed, and he was hanged at Walton Gaol on 16th August by John Ellis.

William Dobson 1928

Dobson was capitally convicted for the murder of Hannah White, by striking her and fracturing her skull.
Dobson was a fisherman on the River Dee, and the previous year he was fishing with his best friend,John White, Hannah’s nephew, when John fell into the River, and drowned.
Hannah blamed Dobson for the death, and would frequently tell him so, which led to a confrontation in which he struck her. Dobson, whilst 29, was said to have the mind of an 11 year old. Sentenced to death at Cheshire Assizes, and reprieved. He spent 8 years in Maidstone prison before being released in June 1936.