“A man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of stabbing 10 people on a rampage in Bristol.”
BBC News, 11th May 2010
from the Inner Temple Library
“The word ‘determination’ in s 4(6) of the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964 refers only to a determination that a defendant is unfit to plead so that, where that provision’s requirement for evidence from two or more registered medical practitioners to be before the court has not been met, the trial judge is not bound to adjourn the trial but may properly conclude that the defendant is fit to plead and that the trial may continue.”
WLR Daily, 22nd October 2009
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“The test for a verdict of unlawful killing was not exclusively objective, it being necessary to find at least the mental element necessary for a criminal conviction of assault; and insanity, if properly raised on the evidence, had to be disproved to the criminal standard to sustain such a verdict.”
WLR Daily, 8th May 2009
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Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
“Once it was clear that there was an issue as to unfitness to plead, it was necessary to ensure very careful case management so that full information was provided to the court without delay.”
The Times, 21st August 2008
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