AQA A2 Law Unit 3 - Defences - Insanity

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1. What is the nature and quality of a crime?

  • Knew what he was doing, but didn't understand the circumstances or the consequences of his actions
  • Didn't know what he was doing, Didn't understand the consequences and did not understand the circumstances in which he was acting
  • Didn't know what he was doing, Understood the consequences but not the circumstances in which he acted in
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2. Disease of the mind must be the what terminology?, Which case outlines this?

  • Legal - Sullivan
  • Judges - Burgess
  • Medical - Kemp
  • Legal - Bratty

3. Why did the insanity plea fall in the case of Windle?

  • As he stated " ill hang for this" meaning he understood what he had done
  • As he was not insane by Legal terminology
  • As his insanity was only temporary

4. Was there a Mens Rea?

  • They knew what they were doing, just didn't know it was wrong
  • Didn't know what they were doing
  • Did know what they were doing and knew it was wrong

5. When can the insanity plea not be used

  • GBH S18, as its a specific intent crime
  • Strict liability, as it requires a mens rea
  • Strict liability, as it requires an Actus Reus

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