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A LAWYER has marked 50 years since the end of the death penalty in the UK.

Umar Khan, criminal defence specialist, from Swain & Co solicitors in Havant, said: ‘There has always been a very real chance of an innocent person being killed but essentially I oppose the killing of a fellow human being in what is a degrading and brutal way.

‘In my experience, crimes are frequently committed by people with huge personal and emotional issues and I do not think that execution can have a significant deterrent effect.’ The last executions were held on August 13, 1964.