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ROBERT VEST 

 


Name:

Robert Vest

AKA:

 

D.O.B:

 
Kill Total:

1

Kill date:

1878

Kill Place:

At sea

Status:

Single

Occupation:

Ship Steward
Victim: William Wallace

D.O.B:

 

 


 

Court:

 
Case No:  

Judge:

Mr Justice Bagalley

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Robert Vest was a ship's steward who was convicted of the murder of William John Wallace, a pilot on the barge 'William Leckie', at Sunderland.


The captain of the boat had cautioned Vest for being drunk on duty and Wallace had sided with the captain. Shortly afterwards, Wallace went to a closet where he was surprised by Vest who stabbed him in the throat and abdomen. Vest was detained on ship until the police could take him into custody.

 

14 July 1878 , Sentenced to death by Mr Justice Bagalley after a plea of insanity had failed, although the jury did recommend him for mercy.

 

30th July 1878 He was hanged by William Marwood at Durham prison.
 

 

 

 

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