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Michael John DAVIES

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Member of a gang known as 'The Plough Boys'
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 2, 1953
Date of birth: 1933
Victim profile: John Beckley, 17
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Status: Sentenced to death in 1953. Commuted to life imprisonment. Released after serving seven years
 
 

 
 

A 20-year-old labourer found guilty of stabbing a man in a gang-fight in 1953. Davies was a member of a gang known as 'The Plough Boys'. It was on the evening of 2nd July 1953 the gang, eight to ten strong, were out looking for trouble. They saw and attacked four youths on Clapham Common. The fight took place not far from the road and was actually witnessed by a member of the public who was passing on the bus at the time. When the fight was over 17 year old John Beckley, was found lying on the ground dying of stab wounds.

Six members of the gang were charged with Beckley's murder. At their trial in October 1953, four were acquitted and a fifth found not guilty of murder though all five received prison sentences of between six and nine months for common assault. Although none of the youths identified Davies, a passenger on a bus that was passing at the time of the fight picked him out and he was subsequently found guilty and was condemned to death.

For three months he sat in the condemned cell waiting for the sentence to be carried out before being reprieved. His sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and he was released after serving seven years. He never admitted his guilt and has always protested his innocence. His conviction was based entirely on the witness statement from the person on the bus who had identified him.

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Michael John Davies

Davies was a twenty-year-old labourer from Turret Grove, Clapham, who was found guilty of stabbing a youth in a gang-fight in 1953. Coleman, a sixteen-year-old shop assistant of Union Street, Clapham was also charged but found not guilty. Both were members of a gang known as the 'Plough Boys'.

It was the evening of 2nd July 1953 and the four youths who were blocking the path on Clapham Common did not know what they were starting when they refused to move to let a fifteen-year-old lad and his girlfriend through. The youngster went home and related the tale and soon an eight-strong mob was heading for the Common. All four of the offending youths ran away but not before one had been stabbed in the shoulder. Two of the others managed to make it on to a bus passing at the edge of the Common. But they were not to get away so easily as the bus slowed to a crawl in the traffic. The pursuers jumped aboard the bus at the next stop, dragged the two youths off and set about tham on the pavement. Within seconds blood was flowing. One of the attacked youths managed to escape, but not before he had been stabbed in the stomach. John Ernest Beckley, of Amelia Street, Walworth, and just sixteen years old, was not so lucky. He received six stab wounds and lay dying.

Six members of the gang were charged with Beckley's murder. At their trial in October 1953, no evidence was offered by the prosecution for four of the accused, though all four plus Coleman received prison sentences of between six and nine months for common assault. Although none of the youths identified Davies, a passenger on the bus picked him out and he was subsequently found guilty and was condemned to death.

Davies spent three months in the condemned cell before being reprieved. His sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and he was released with a free pardon after serving seven years.

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