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
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.