Breivik – insanity as a defence – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted April 19th, 2012 in criminal responsibility, defences, insanity, news by tracey

“Anders Behring Breivik knew what he was doing, and he knew it was wrong. Claiming insanity is not enough to protect a person from the consequences of his own evil acts. Alternatively, he must be mad. His killing spree was so shocking and so utterly at odds with normality as to be sufficient evidence of insanity in its own right. Res ipsa loquitur. And there you have it – the whole point of the argument about ‘criminal insanity’, which has been running for centuries.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th April 2012