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The offence of murder can be reduced to court to a charge of voluntary manslaughter. This is
because it is possible for D to plead the partial defences of provocation and/or diminished
responsibility. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the offence of murder, not simply in isolation,
but in conjunction…

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inconsistent jury verdicts as different juries include different relevant characteristics. Equally, the D
who pleads provocation can never really claim to be acting reasonably, under such provocation,
reasonable behaviour is unlikely. This question also puts juries in a position in which they may have no
experience. For example, it is…

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difficult to understand. The definitions used in Diminished responsibility and provocation have also
been found to be less satisfactory for our modern day society.


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