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Offline jplant1

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Henry John Billing
« on: 11 December, 2017, 08:39:31 PM »
RELEASE OF A MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH. Henry John Billing, stevedore, of Plaistow, who was sentenced to death at the Central Criminal Court in 1884—ten years ago—for the wilful murder of his wife, but whose sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life, the jury having recommended him to mercy, has just been released from prison by order of the Home Secretary. His case had been taken up by Mr. J. Keir Hardie,
Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park and Dagenham Gazette - Saturday 20 October 1894

Does anybody know any more of this story, especially the part played by Keir Hardie?

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Re: Henry John Billing
« Reply #1 on: 12 December, 2017, 02:10:56 PM »
Hi
Here is a link which will take you to details of the case in The Old Bailey Archives.

https://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?id=def1-224-18840107&div=t18840107-224#highlight

The family lived in Shepherd St Plaistow which has been completely rebuilt but their house was about
2/3 of the way down on the right as you walk from Hermit Rd Rec. I haven't read the full account but
on first browse  it seems a strange affair indeed.

Biff

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Re: Henry John Billing
« Reply #2 on: 12 December, 2017, 03:28:47 PM »
Thanks for that link.