The relationship between cricket and controversy started from the beginning. Many times the cricketers have been accused of serious crimes like match-fixing, Sex scandals, and many times this has been proved. In the present times, there is a flurry of players on the cricket field. Leslie Hilton…
Along with the abusive statements, many times the players also get scolded by the ICC. Meanwhile, we are going to tell you about one such contravention related to cricket, about which many cricket lovers are ignorant even today. We are telling you about a cricketer in the history of cricket who was charged with murder and hanged.
Took 19 wickets in 6 matches
We are talking about Leslie Hilton, a former West Indies cricketer. Leslie Hilton was one of the fast bowlers of the 1930s. He got a chance in the West Indies team for the first time in 1935. Hilton made his debut against England at the Kensington Oval ground in Barbados.
In his very first match, he performed brilliantly with the ball and bat. Leslie Hilton was amazing that the West Indies won the series against England. He played a total of 6 Test matches for the West Indies, taking 19 wickets. In the year 1942, he married his girlfriend Lorlin Rose. After 5 years, the couple also had a son.
Lorlin’s illicit relationship
According to reports, Lorlin was killed by his husband after being fed up with infidelity. It is said that Hilton started suspecting her wife only after a few years of marriage. In 1954, his wife Lorlin Rose frequently moved to New York, citing his dressmaking business. That same year, Hilton received an anonymous letter in her home that spoke of her wife’s illicit relationship with Roy Francis, who lives on Brooklyn Avenue.
Hilton’s suspicion changed as soon as he got the letter. He hurriedly sent his wife back from New York with a telegram. Lorlin is reported to have denied the connection with Francis. Lorlin had told that Francis was just her good friend. After which the relationship began to break up and West Indies fast bowler Leslie Hilton murdered his wife. According to reports, Hilton shot Lurlin 7 shots.
Hilton was hanged on 17 may 1955
The case was heard in court in October 1954, in which Leslie Hilton was found guilty. In his explanation during the court hearing, Hilton stated that he had tried to shoot himself, which accidentally hit his wife. But his plea proved to be useless, as 7 or a total of 7 bullets were fired in Lorlin’s body.
After the charge was proved, West Indies fast bowler Leslie Hilton was sentenced to death. In this way, he became the only cricketer in the world to be sentenced to death by the court. On the morning of 17 May 1955, Hilton was hanged.