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Anthony "Tony" Miller

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Anthony Miller (1941–22 December 1960) (known as Tony), was the last man to be hanged in Glasgow (second last in Scotland), at 8:02 am on 22 December 1960.

The death penalty remained a legally defined punishment (but unused) for certain offences, such as treason, until it was completely abolished in 1998. In 2004, the 13th Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights became binding on the United Kingdom, prohibiting the restoration of the death penalty for as long as the UK is a party to the Convention.

The execution took place at HM Prison Barlinnie and was the tenth to be carried out there. Burnett was 19 years old when he was hanged.

He had been found guilty of the murder of John Cremin on 6 April 1960, in Glasgow's Queen's Park Recreation Ground (near Hampden Park). Miller teamed with a younger accomplice, 16-year-old James Denovan, to operate a so-called queer-rolling racket (targetting male homosexuals for robbery) whreby the younger male would lure a mark with the promise of an assignation, Miller would then jump the mark and turn the meeting into a 2-against-1 robbery. However, in Cremin's case, they did not stop at robbing their mark, and beat him to death.

Denovan was arrested on 11 August 1960, while committing an act of indecency with another man in the recreation ground - a newspaper cutting relating to the death of John Cremin was found on him. Denovan eventually confessed to the killing, and lead police to Miller.

As a minor, Denovan drew a prison term, but the older Miller was sentenced to death as the murder had taken place during the course of a robbery (Cremin had been robbed of his watch, bankbook and £67), Miller was eligible for the death penalty under the terms of the Homicide Act of 1957. Accordingly, he was sentenced to death by the trial judge, Lord Wheatley.[1]


1 A weeping juror, a teenager and a prayer for the dying (From Herald Scotland) Retrieved October 08, 2016.

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