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Patrick Herbert Mahon was a handsome philanderer with winning ways who committed what an Appeal Court judge described as a 'most cruel, repulsive and carefully planned murder'.
Patrick Mahon was tried at Lewes Assizes in July 1924. He maintained that the victim, Miss Kaye, died accidentally by hitting her head on the coal bucket. But the purchase of a knife and saw, together with the information that he had been fleecing Kaye of her savings, went against him.
He was found guilty and told the judge that he was 'too conscious of the bitterness and unfairness of the summing up' to say anything except that he was not guilty. Avory passed the death sentence and unfair or not, he was hanged at Wandsworth Prison on September 2nd, 1924.
Introduction by Edgar Wallace