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Provocation ­ First defence
If the accused had the mens rea for murder, the charge may nevertheless be reduced to one of
manslaughter if one of three special defences can be established. They are set out in the Homicide
Act 1957 ­ Provocation, diminished responsibility and suicide pact (Complete defence…

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The objective test ­ would a reasonable man have acted in the same way?

After satisfying all of the above points, the jury must then go on and determine whether a
reasonable man would have reacted as the accused did. This involves an assessment of all the
accused's behaviour, including…


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