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Voluntary Manslaughter

Diminished Responsibility (DR)
Homicide Act 1957
o Amended by Coroners and Justice Act 2009

Defined in s.2(1) Coroners and Justice Act 2009
o "A person who kills or is party to the killing of another is not to be convicted of murder if he was
suffering from an…

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Stewart (2009) ­ New 3 stage test introduced for D's with ADS.
o 1) Did D have an abnormality of mental functioning?(ADS not automatically
AofMF, seriousness and extent considered)
o 2) Was the abnormality caused by ADS?
o 3) Was D's mental responsibility substantially impaired? (Medical evidence etc.
taken into…


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