Why was the death penalty banned in England?

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Capital punishment was abolished in Britain in 1969 because of the case of Timothy Evans, a young man who was hanged in the United Kingdom in 1950 for the murder of his wife and his infant daughter. Sixteen years later, it was discovered that both crimes had been committed by his co-tenant, a serial killer called John Reginald Halliday Christie. This miscarriage of justice led to the abolition of capital punishment in Britain. You can see the movie: "10 Rillington Place". It about the unfair death of Tim Evans. Ewan McCol wrote a song about him, called The Ballad Of Tim Evans, it is also known as "Go Down You Murder". The case of Tim Evans was totally unfair!

The death penalty had already been abolished before Britain signed the 13th Protocol which prohibits the death penalty under any circumstances.

The last death penalty was given on 13th August 1964, Peter Antony Allen was hanged at Manchesters strangeways and Gwenn Owen Evens was hanged at Liverpools Walton prison.

After 1964 the death penalty was only available as a punishment for people found guilty of treason. This too was abolished in 1998. Britain later made capital punishment itself a crime by signing the 13th Protocol of the Human Rights Act. The death penalty was abolished in the UK in 2000 with the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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