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The Murder Act 1751[1]
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Parliament of Great Britain
Long title: An act for better preventing the horrid crime of murder.
Statute book chapter: 25 Geo.2 c. 37
Repeal date: 18 July 1973[2]
Other legislation
Repealing legislation: Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1973, s.1(1) & Sch.1, Pt.V[3]
Status: Repealed

The Murder Act 1751 (25 Geo.2 c.37) was an Act of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Great Britain.

The Murder Act included the provision "for better preventing the horrid crime of murder"[4] "that some further terror and peculiar mark of infamy be added to the punishment",[5][6] and that "in no case whatsoever shall the body of any murderer be suffered to be buried",[4] by mandating either public dissection or "hanging in chains" of the cadaver.[7] The act also stipulated that a person found guilty of murder should be executed within 2 days of being found guilty unless the execution would happen of a Friday in which case the execution should take place on the Saturday.[7]

Notes and references

  1. ^ This short title was conferred by the Short Titles Act 1896, section 1 and the first schedule. Some sources refer to the Act as the Murder Act 1752, this being the year it came into force.
  2. ^ The repealing provision came into force on the date of royal assent because the contrary was not specified.
  3. ^ This is referred to by the Law Commission,Criminal Law, Repeal Proposals, January 2005, p. 52
  4. ^ a b Dr D.R.Johnson, Introductory Anatomy, Centre for Human Biology, (now renamed Faculty of Biological Sciences, Leeds University), Retrieved 2008-11-17
  5. ^ Ross Harrison, Bentham, Routledge, 1983, ISBN 0710095260, 9780710095268 p. 6
  6. ^ Stuart Banner, Death Penalty: An American History, Harvard University Press, 2003 ISBN 0674010833, 9780674010833. p.77
  7. ^ a b Gregory D. Woods (2002). A History of Criminal Law in New South Wales: The Colonial Period, 1788-1900, Federation Press, ISBN 1862874395, 9781862874398. 122

Further reading

  • Marks, Alfred (1908). Tyburn tree : its history and annals, London : Brown, Langham pp. 247–48

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