brief summary of Automatism 

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Automatism is a full defence for acts by D which are involuntary and caused by an external factor. In
Bratty, automatism was defined as "any act done by the muscles without control of the mind... or an
act done by a person not conscious of what he is doing..." For this defence there must be a total loss
of voluntary control. In AG Ref (number 2 of nineteen ninety two) there was not a total loss of
voluntary control when a lorry driver crashed. Automatism must be caused by an external factor, for
example, in Quick it was caused by his insulin. The automatism must not be self-inflicted, which means
D must not be reckless in getting into that state, unlike in Bailey where he had taken insulin and eaten


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