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VICTOR TERRY

 


Name:

Victor John Terry

AKA:

 

D.O.B.

1941
Kill Total:

1

Kill date:

November 1960

Kill Place:

Durrington, Worthing

Status:

 

Occupation:

 

Victim:

John Henry Pull

D.O.B 1900

 


 

Court:

Sussex Assizes, Lewes

Judge:

 

Prosecution:

Geoffrey Lawrence

Defence:

Alan king-Hamilton QC.

 


 


 

 

 

FACTFILE

 

10th November 1960, Victor Terry was part of a gang of bank robbers that robbed the Lloyds bank in Durrington, an area of Worthing in East Sussex.

Terry, along with accomplices  Philip Tucker, Alan Hosier, and an un-named youth

 

13th November 1960, Terry was arrested while hiding out in Glasgow.

 

29th March 1961, At his trial Terry originally suggested that he had been high on drugs and had no recollection of what had happened. A doctor claimed in court that Terry was suffering from Schizophrenia. Another doctor disputed this, claiming he was faking.

Terry then claimed he had been possessed by the spirit of a dead American gangster.  Terry changed his story during the trial, he claimed John Pull had grabbed for the gun and that it had gone off accidentally.

 

Terry was found guilty and sentenced to death.

Philip Tucker, Alan Hosier and the youth were found guilty of non-capital murder, and were sent to prison.

 

25th May 1961, Terry was hanged at Wandsworth prison by Albert Pierrepoint.

 

The case is famous in that it was used in the capital punishment arguments. On the way to commit the robbery Terry heard on the radio about a friend of his that had just been hanged, Francis Forsyth, this did not deter Terry, indeed he was hanged on the same gallows.

 

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