General Defences

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General Defences


1. Suffering from disease of the mind as below:

-Diabetes (hyperglycaemic)- Hennessey (1989)- stole car

-Arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries)- Kemp (1957)- attacked wife with hammer

-Epilepsy (seizure)- Sullivan (1984)-punched and kicked victim

-Somnambulism (sleepwalking)- Burgess (1991)-attacked gf with bottle and video recorder

2. Disease must have caused defect of reason (Clarke, 1972 was mere absent mindedness)

3. Did not know nature of act/did not know it was wrong

-Murder-= ‘special verdict’ of ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’- secure hospital


-Force must be reasonable and proportionate

-Protect self,


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