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.
with accomplices Philip Tucker, Alan Hosier, and an
1960, Terry was arrested while hiding out in Glasgow.
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.
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.
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
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.