27 January 1928 – Edward Rowlands and Daniel Driscoll

Edward Rowlands and Danny Driscoll where hanged for abetting a murder, after two sets of bookies went head to head in Cardiff.

Turf war

Rowlands and Driscoll carried the can for the murder of a rival Welsh bookmaker Dai Lewis. They were found guilty of aiding Rowland’s brother John to kill. John, in turn, was banged up in Broadmoor, deemed unable to take reponsibility for his actions.


But it transpired recently that Driscoll may yet get a posthumous pardon. Apparently, new evidence has emerged, which suggests that both men didn’t realise John Rowlands was out to kill. So they were incapable of aiding or abetting a crime for which they had no prior knowledge. However, the transcripts of the original trial have gone AWOL, so the sentence still stands to this day.

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