Moneylender Louis Cassell, 87, was beaten to death with a tyre lever in his office in Dudley, Worcs, on Friday, October 2nd, 1959, and a number of £5 notes were stolen. Over the next few days Robert Townsend, 38, spent some of them and his fingerprint was on a receipt book in the moneylender’s office.

Townsend had been dismissed from his job for stealing. He admitted going to Mr. Cassell’s office and pretending to have a job. He told a Worcester Assizes jury: “Mr. Cassell lent me £20 in four £5 notes. When I left the office he was alive and well.” He was acquitted of the old man’s murder.