Automatism

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Automatism

Automatism requires the defendant to show that his act was involuntary, due to an external factor. The case of Bratty sets out the key definition for disease of the mind, whereby the defendant strangled a girl with her stocking, and claimed he was suffering from psychomotor epilepsy at the time. Lord Denning stated that 'any mental disorder which has manifested itself in violence and is prone to recur is a disease of the mind', and therefore psychomotor epilepsy would be insanity.

In the case of Attorney-General's Reference, a lorry driver was driving down the hard shoulder for

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