Husband killed Vodafone executive – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2009 in diminished responsibility, domestic violence, homicide, news by sally

“A man has been convicted of killing his Vodafone executive wife after she admitted to having an affair.”

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BBC News, 29th October 2009

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Man jailed for killing stranger – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2009 in diminished responsibility, homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

“A man who stabbed a stranger to death in Manchester after hearing voices in his head has been jailed for life.”

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BBC News, 21st September 2009

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R v Khan – WLR Daily

Posted July 31st, 2009 in diminished responsibility, homicide, law reports, mental health by sally

R v Khan [2009] EWCA Crim 1569; [2009] WLR (D) 261

“The circumstance that, on a charge of murder, there was unchallenged expert medical evidence that the defendant suffered from such abnormality of mind as to support a defence of diminished responsibility did not of itself necessitate the withdrawal of the charge from the jury.”

WLR Daily, 29th July 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Killer chopped off victim’s head – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2009 in diminished responsibility, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“A man who hacked off the head of his neighbour and put it in a wheelie bin has been detained indefinitely.”

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BBC News, 27th July 2009

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Regina v Erskine; Regina v Williams – Times Law Reports

Regina v Erskine; Regina v Williams

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Firm measures were required immediately to ensure that appeals against conviction and sentence could be heard without an excessive citation of earlier, largely factual decisions which did no more than illustrate or restate a principle.”

The Times, 22nd July 2009

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Regina v Stewart (James) – Times Law Reports

Posted July 20th, 2009 in alcoholism, diminished responsibility, jury directions, law reports by sally

Regina v Stewart (James)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Further guidance should be given to juries in murder trials as to the defence of diminished responsibility where the only basis for the alleged abnormality of mind arose from alcohol dependency syndrome without discernible brain damage.”

The Times, 20th July 2009

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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

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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R v Erskine; R v Williams – WLR Daily

Posted July 16th, 2009 in appeals, diminished responsibility, evidence, law reports, murder by sally

R v Erskine; R v Williams [2009] EWCA Crim 1425; [2009] WLR (D) 241

“Where an appeal against a conviction for murder raised the issue of diminished responsibility for the first time, the parties should provide the court with a detailed analysis of the relevant facts in order to assist the court in deciding whether evidence not adduced at trial should be heard on appeal.”

WLR Daily, 15th July 2009

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1998 murder conviction challenged – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2009 in appeals, diminished responsibility, homicide, murder, news, provocation by sally

“A man jailed for life 11 years ago after admitting repeatedly stabbing his wife to death when she left him, is appealing against his conviction.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2009

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Stockwell Strangler Kenneth Erskine has murder convictions overturned – The Times

Posted July 14th, 2009 in appeals, diminished responsibility, homicide, news by sally

“Kenneth Erskine, known as the Stockwell Strangler after he killed seven London pensioners in a three-month period in 1986, has today had his murder convictions reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.”

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The Times, 14th July 2009

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‘Strangler’ awaits appeal verdict – BBC News

Posted July 14th, 2009 in appeals, diminished responsibility, mental health, news by sally

“The man dubbed the Stockwell Strangler for the murders of seven people will find out later if an appeal on mental health grounds has been successful.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2009

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Regina v Wood (No 2) – Times Law Reports

Posted April 8th, 2009 in alcoholism, diminished responsibility, homicide, law reports, sentencing by sally

Regina v Wood (No 2)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“A defendant could be sentenced to life imprisonment for manslaughter on the ground of diminished responsibility and, when fixing the minimum term, guidance in murder cases was relevant.”

The Times, 8th April 2009

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Pensioner locked up indefinitely after beating wife to death – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 17th, 2008 in diminished responsibility, homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

“A pensioner who beat his cancer-stricken wife of 30 years to death as she lay in bed has been locked up in a secure unit indefinitely.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2008

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