Archive for the 'alcoholism' Category

Hair test ‘nearly cost mother baby’ – BBC News

“A hair test on a mother who nearly lost her child over alcohol allegations has been criticised by the High Court – potentially calling into question some tests done in similar cases.”

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BBC News, 1st December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Exeter knife woman taunted by park boys escapes jail – BBC News

“A woman who threatened a group of young boys with a knife in a Devon park, has been spared jail.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

All-day drink law was a mistake, says Sir Hugh Orde – BBC News

“The 24-hour drink licensing laws were a ‘mistake’, Association of Chief Police Officers president Sir Hugh Orde says.”

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BBC News, 1st August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Drugs test for claimants sparks row over unemployment benefits – The Guardian

“Controversial government plans to allow Jobcentre staff to ‘order’ benefit claimants to undergo tests for drug and alcohol dependency are in breach of European law and unlikely to work, according to leading addiction charities.”

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The Guardian, 27th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Stewart (James) – Times Law Reports

Regina v Stewart (James)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Further guidance should be given to juries in murder trials as to the defence of diminished responsibility where the only basis for the alleged abnormality of mind arose from alcohol dependency syndrome without discernible brain damage.”

The Times, 20th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

R v Stewart – WLR Daily

R v Stewart [2009] EWCA Crim 593; [ 2009] WLR (D) 244

“A jury in a murder trial considering the defence of diminished responsibility by a defendant suffering from alcohol dependency syndrome should not be directed to look at each drink consumed prior to the killing and decide whether it was taken voluntarily or involuntarily since, at some levels of severity, what might appear to be voluntary drinking might be inseparable from the defendant’s underlying syndrome.”

WLR Daily, 16th July 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina v Wood (No 2) – Times Law Reports

Regina v Wood (No 2)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“A defendant could be sentenced to life imprisonment for manslaughter on the ground of diminished responsibility and, when fixing the minimum term, guidance in murder cases was relevant.”

The Times, 8th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk


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