Archive for the 'diminished responsibility' Category

Woman jailed for killing autistic son, 12, with bleach – BBC News

“A mother has been jailed for killing her 12-year-old autistic son by making him drink bleach.”

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BBC News, 1st April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Mercy killing’ husband George Webb freed from prison – The Guardian

“Appeal judges overturn the custodial sentence for the manslaughter of his ill wife in favour of a suspended term.”

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The Guardian, 26th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mental health patient detained indefinitely for killing brother, nine – The Guardian

“A mental health patient was detained indefinitely today (17 January) for wounding his sister and stabbing to death his younger brother, with whom he had a close and loving relationship.”

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The Guardian, 17th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pensioner cleared of murdering wife in mercy killing – The Guardian

“A pensioner who smothered his 75-year-old wife in a “mercy killing” has been jailed for two years.”

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The Guardian, 9th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Flesh-eating Hastings killer jailed for 21 years – BBC news

“A Broadmoor patient who confessed to killing two women in East Sussex in 1998 and eating flesh from one of them has been jailed for at least 21 years.”

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BBC News, 17th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed for killing 100-year-old mother in Stepney – BBC News

“A former black cab driver has been jailed for six years for killing his 100-year-old mother.”

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BBC News, 13th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Changes to the law of homicide – Law Society’s Gazette

“In relation to acts or omissions on or after 4 October 2010, critical changes to the law of homicide are made by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. The issues are dealt with in part 2 chapter 1.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Nurse guilty of murdering parents at Bournemouth home – BBC News

“A nurse who stabbed her parents before hitting them over the head with an iron has been found guilty of their murders.”

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BBC News, 21st July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Khyra Ishaq’s mother appeals over prison sentence – BBC news

“The mother of a seven-year-old girl who was starved to death at her home in Birmingham has lodged an appeal to reduce her jail sentence.”

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BBC News, 28th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man sectioned over Stapleford grandfather’s killing – BBC News

“A judge has said mental health doctors in Nottinghamshire should ‘examine their consciences’ after a paranoid schizophrenic stabbed his grandfather.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man ‘angry at phone call’ killed stranger in Greenwich – BBC News

“A man who stabbed a stranger to ‘release his rage’ at not being able to get through to his girlfriend’s phone has been found guilty of murder.”

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BBC News, 20th April 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Schizophrenic man jailed for fatal stabbing in London – BBC News

“A schizophrenic man who pleaded guilty to killing a father in north London months after being fined for another attack has been jailed for life.”

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BBC News, 16th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mother who starved daughter to death guilty of manslaughter – The Guardian

“A mother who starved her seven-year-old daughter to death was cleared of murder today after a court accepted her plea of manslaughter.”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

M6 dash woman jailed over killing – BBC News

“A woman has been jailed for killing a man she met on the day she appeared in court for punching a police officer who tried to stop her running on to the M6.”

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BBC news, 26th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Husband killed Vodafone executive – BBC News

“A man has been convicted of killing his Vodafone executive wife after she admitted to having an affair.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed for killing stranger – BBC News

“A man who stabbed a stranger to death in Manchester after hearing voices in his head has been jailed for life.”

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BBC News, 21st September 2009

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R v Khan – WLR Daily

R v Khan [2009] EWCA Crim 1569; [2009] WLR (D) 261

“The circumstance that, on a charge of murder, there was unchallenged expert medical evidence that the defendant suffered from such abnormality of mind as to support a defence of diminished responsibility did not of itself necessitate the withdrawal of the charge from the jury.”

WLR Daily, 29th 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.

Killer chopped off victim’s head – BBC News

“A man who hacked off the head of his neighbour and put it in a wheelie bin has been detained indefinitely.”

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BBC News, 27th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v Erskine; Regina v Williams – Times Law Reports

Regina v Erskine; Regina v Williams

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Firm measures were required immediately to ensure that appeals against conviction and sentence could be heard without an excessive citation of earlier, largely factual decisions which did no more than illustrate or restate a principle.”

The Times, 22nd July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.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.

R v Erskine; R v Williams – WLR Daily

R v Erskine; R v Williams [2009] EWCA Crim 1425; [2009] WLR (D) 241

“Where an appeal against a conviction for murder raised the issue of diminished responsibility for the first time, the parties should provide the court with a detailed analysis of the relevant facts in order to assist the court in deciding whether evidence not adduced at trial should be heard on appeal.”

WLR Daily, 15th 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.

1998 murder conviction challenged – BBC News

“A man jailed for life 11 years ago after admitting repeatedly stabbing his wife to death when she left him, is appealing against his conviction.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stockwell Strangler Kenneth Erskine has murder convictions overturned – The Times

“Kenneth Erskine, known as the Stockwell Strangler after he killed seven London pensioners in a three-month period in 1986, has today had his murder convictions reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.”

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The Times, 14th July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Strangler’ awaits appeal verdict – BBC News

“The man dubbed the Stockwell Strangler for the murders of seven people will find out later if an appeal on mental health grounds has been successful.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Pensioner locked up indefinitely after beating wife to death – Daily Telegraph

“A pensioner who beat his cancer-stricken wife of 30 years to death as she lay in bed has been locked up in a secure unit indefinitely.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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