and rape for which he was hanged in 1962. Hanratty went to the gallows loudly proclaiming his innocence. Doubts about his conviction played a role in Britain`s decision in 1965 to abolish capital punishment. "Yes, we are considering the case but we don`t have a date for a decision. We do, however, hope it will be soon," a spokeswoman for the Home Office (interior ministry) said. Hanratty, a petty burglar, was convicted of abducting a man and his mistress at gunpoint from a cornfield in southern England. It was claimed he made them drive for two hours before shooting the man dead and sexually assaulting his mistress. Hanratty`s family has campaigned to clear his name. His body was exhumed two years ago for DNA testing, which proved inconclusive.