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The current law on general defences have been criticised for various reasons and has been said to be
in need of reform. This had led to accusations that the current law is unsatisfactory. In some areas of
the defences of insanity, automatism, intoxication, self/public defence and consent.

In terms of…

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consideration when sentencing. However, where D is guilty of murder Martin and Clegg, the judge
has no discretion and must pass the mandatory life sentence. This seems unfair and unsatisfactory. A
final issue here is the relevance of D's characteristics. For example in Martin, psychiatric evidence
suggested D perceived danger…


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