Brits executed abroad as killer gran spends 20 years on Death Row

Linda Carty is the only British woman on death row in the Western world – and she has now been there for some 20 years.

This week she featured in an ITV documentary called British Grandma on Death Row with Susanna Reid.

In 2002, ex-teacher Carty was found guilty of abuducting and murdering Joana Rodriguez in Texas.

Horrified jurors heard how Joana, 25, was kidnapped and killed in 2001 just four days after giving birth to her son, Ray.

The woman responsible for Joana’s awful death was found to be her British neighbour, Linda Carty, who was accused of trying to steal the victim’s newborn.

She has waited anxiously on death row for 20 years after being sentenced to death by lethal injection.

Brit citizen Carty, now 63, is appealing the decision.

Speaking to Susanna Reid from Mountain View Unit, a maximum security prison in Texas, Linda said: “If I were guilty of this crime, I would have taken my punishment.

“Anyone who knows the system knows Texas does not admit when they are wrong. I’ll fight until the end.

“If I lose my life I know I have people behind me who will not stop until they clear my name.”

Another British death row gran is Lindsay Sandiford, 64, who was sentenced to death for drug smuggling cocaine.

She has now spent over eight years on death row in Bali and continues to receive UK consular support.

And while the last execution in the UK took place in 1964, that hasn’t stopped Brits being executed abroad since then.

Here, we take a look at some of the cases…

Kevin Barlow

Kevin Barlow – along with his Australian counterpart Brian Chambers – made history by becoming the first Westerners to be executed under Malaysia’s brutal anti-drugs laws.

They were found to have 180 grammes of heroin in their possession – and were ordered to die by hanging in 1986.

Barlow was born in Stoke-on-Trent and his family pleaded with the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to intervene.

Chamber’s mum meanwhile said in a statement: “No one has the right to take someone else's life. It's inhumane. There is no more to be said, but he will be free forever.”

But the doomed pair were sent to their deaths after the drugs bust.

According to Barlow’s lawyer, Karpal Singh, the heroin smugglers were blindfolded and had their legs bound when they were killed in front of a doctor, a magistrate and a prison magistrate.

Akmal Shaikh

Akmal Shaikh was one of the most recent Brits to be executed abroad – having been sentenced to death in 2009.

Similar to the Barlow case, it also involved heroin.

The London cabbie was arrested in Urumqi, northwest China, after being found with four kg of heroin in his luggage.

But the father–of-five was said to have severe mental health problems – while his family claimed he was duped into carrying a suitcase that was not his.

He had been travelling to China from Tajikistan to kickstart his music career.

According to reports, a man pretending to be in the music industry gave him the bag of drugs to carry on the flight.

But he was later executed by lethal injection in December 2009 – despite appeals by the British government for clemency.

Then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, described being “appalled and disappointed” by the call.

Shaikh’s brother, Akbar, had flown to China in a desperate bid to reverse the decision.

But after his siblings death, he said in a statement: “We firmly believe Akmal should not have been killed by the Chinese – he was a vulnerable and mentally unstable man, yet he received no mental health assessment by the Chinese authorities at any stage during the proceedings against him."

Nicholas Ingram

Cambridge man Nicholas Ingram was the first Brit to be executed in the US back in 1995.

This was 12 years after he tied a married couple to a tree during a burglary before shooting them both in 1993.

He murdered JC Sawer while his wife, Eunice, survived the brutal ordeal before going on to testify against the killer.

Ingram turned 20 on the day he was sentenced to death before he was electrocuted over a decade later.

The merciless killer spat at a prison warden and barked “let’s get on with it” after declining his final meal.

His lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, said afterwards: “Nicky wasn't very good at speaking. He asked me to make a statement for him… He told me he hoped for something better now, because what had happened in this life had been so sad."

John ‘Jackie’ Elliott

While Nicholas Ingram was the first Brit executed in the US – the last was John ‘Jackie’ Elliott.

His appalling crime was the gang-rape and murder of Joyce Mungia, an 18-year-old single mum.

Elliott, who was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk, committed the vile crime in Austin, Texas, in 1986.

The gangster was brought up in Texas and he was executed there aged 42 after spending 16 years on death row.

Speaking weeks before he died, he said: “I do believe there is an afterlife, but I'm not sure if I am qualified for it. I think about dying a lot now. It scares me.”

He was given a lethal injection in 2003 after scoffing a last meal of chocolate chip cookies and Earl Grey tea.

There to witness the execution was his son and sister.

His victim’s mother also watched, and afterwards she told reporters: “The people who are against the death penalty, good for them. But… they have never walked in our shoes."

John Martin Scripps

John Martin Scripps was hanged in 1996 for murdering a tourist – and became the first Westerner to be executed in Singapore.

His own mum labelled him a “madman” and his victim was South African tourist Gerard Lowe.

Scripps used his butchery skills to dissect Lowe’s body – whose severed legs were later found floating in a plastic bag along the Singapore River.

During the trial, it was also unveiled that tourist killer Scripps had murdered and chopped up the bodies of mother and daughter Sheila and Darin Damude in Thailand.

But authorities believe Scripps, from Letchworth, Herts, may have even more blood on his hands.

His killings started by befriending tourists at airports or on planes before going to stay at the same hotel as them.

But it was the murder of Lowe that led to the 35-year-old receiving the death penalty.

His last meal was pizza and hot chocolate and after his execution, his mother, Jean, said: “How did I not know my own son? We’ll never be able to forget what a madman he turned into.”

Tracy Housel

Tracy Housel was a joint UK-US citizen who raped and murdered a hitchhiker in 1985.

His victim was 46-year-old Jeanne Drew who accepted a lift from Housel at a truckstop in Winnett County, Georgia.

He reportedly confessed to more killings but he was only trialled for Drew’s brutal murder.

Before his execution by lethal injection in 2002, the 43-year-old said: “I'm trying my best, mum, to keep my mind on an even keel.

“But at this point it's truly an emotional rollercoaster… I'm trying to look at this thing as if a doctor has said I have a terminal illness and only a few months to live. It's the only way I can live and deal with it.'"

He later apologised for his evil crime in a final statement while his last meal was steak, baked potatoes and corn, followed by a dessert of ice cream and a milkshake.

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