R v Stewart – WLR Daily

Posted July 17th, 2009 in alcoholism, diminished responsibility, law reports, murder by sally

R v Stewart [2009] EWCA Crim 593; [ 2009] WLR (D) 244

“A jury in a murder trial considering the defence of diminished responsibility by a defendant suffering from alcohol dependency syndrome should not be directed to look at each drink consumed prior to the killing and decide whether it was taken voluntarily or involuntarily since, at some levels of severity, what might appear to be voluntary drinking might be inseparable from the defendant’s underlying syndrome.”

WLR Daily, 16th July 2009

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