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`The defence of intoxication reflects the difficult balance between legal
principle and public policy'. Critically evaluate the accuracy of this

The defence of intoxication is based on putting doubt in the magistrates and juries mind. It
develops through case law and puts forward the question of whether the defendant…

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down the victim's throat. The defendant couldn't form the intent and so the charge went
down from murder to manslaughter. Intoxication and self defence can sometimes overlap. In
O'Grady, the defendant and victim had been drinking heavily. They both fell asleep and the
defendant woke up to find the victim…


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