A2 - Law - Voluntary manslaughter: Diminished responsibility

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Bryne (1960)
A sexual psychopath's inability to control his perverted desires meant he could plead diminished responsibility.
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Reynolds (1988)
A young mother killed her mother with a hammer: post-natal depression could cause diminished responsibility.
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English (1981)
A woman who killed could bring evidence to show that there responsibility had been impaired enough by pre-menstrual tension to admit the defence of diminished responsibility.
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Egan (1992)
Defendant killed a woman whilst suffering from an abnormality of the mind and being intoxicated: issue was whether his abnormality rather than the drink had substantially impaired his responsibility: 'substantial' does not have to mean 'total'.
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Gittens (1984)
Defendant killed while suffering from depression combined with drink and drugs; consideration was whether the depression alone was enough to impair his responsibility for the act.
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Dietschmann (2003)
Defendant killed while suffering from a mental abnormaility combined with intoxication; consideration was whether the abnormality alone substantially impaired his responsibility for the act.
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Wood (2008)
Alcohol dependency syndrome is a recognised medical condition that can lead to a successful plea of diminished responsibility if the other elements of the defence are satisfied.
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A young mother killed her mother with a hammer: post-natal depression could cause diminished responsibility.

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Reynolds (1988)

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A woman who killed could bring evidence to show that there responsibility had been impaired enough by pre-menstrual tension to admit the defence of diminished responsibility.

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Defendant killed a woman whilst suffering from an abnormality of the mind and being intoxicated: issue was whether his abnormality rather than the drink had substantially impaired his responsibility: 'substantial' does not have to mean 'total'.

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Defendant killed while suffering from depression combined with drink and drugs; consideration was whether the depression alone was enough to impair his responsibility for the act.

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