When Phillip Brandon, a 42-year-old painter and decorator, left his wife and family he wasn’t bothered if his wife was sleeping around, but it infuriated him when he heard that his 20-year-old daughter Josephine was up to the same thing.

Had they both turned to prostitution, he wondered? They were certainly sleeping with a number of men. On April 8th, 1952, Brandon went armed with a shotgun to see Josephine at her home in Belvere Avenue, on Blackpool’s South Shore. He pleaded with her to change her lifestyle but she laughed at him. Enraged, he pulled the trigger, and several hours later Josephine died in hospital from gunshot wounds.

On MAY 29th the jury at Lancaster Assizes decided that this was manslaughter on the grounds of provocation and Brandon was jailed for five years.