Clapham vigil policing investigator is suing Home Office for sex and race bias – The Guardian

‘The investigator helping coordinate the official inquiry into the Metropolitan police’s handling of the Sarah Everard vigil and concerns over women’s safety is suing the Home Office for sex discrimination over claims that he has been penalised for being a “white man”, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2021


Husband who murdered wife and pensioner sentenced to life as judge dismisses ‘insanity’ defence – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 26th, 2021 in defences, domestic violence, drug abuse, insanity, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who murdered his wife and a pensioner during a “psychotic episode” has been jailed for life.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2021


Woman given hospital order after drowning daughter in bath – The Guardian

Posted December 18th, 2018 in hospital orders, insanity, murder, news by sally

‘A woman who drowned her four-year-old daughter and burned her body in what she saw as a religious sacrifice has been found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity and will be detained in hospital.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2018


Schizophrenic ‘Muslim killer’ not guilty by reason of insanity – BBC News

‘A man with schizophrenia who repeatedly stabbed a train passenger after yelling “I want to kill all the Muslims” has been found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.

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BBC News, 22nd August 2017


Sadie Jenkins cleared of child murder bids ‘by reason of insanity’ – BBC News

‘A Newport woman who slit the throats of two children in a drug induced trance has been cleared of attempting to murder them on grounds of insanity.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2015


Charles Mann stabbed his mother 11 times and sliced off his penis in naked drug-fuelled attack – The Independent

‘A man has been handed a prison sentence after he stabbed his mother 11 times and sliced off his penis in a naked, drug-fuelled attack.’

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The Independent, 3rd March 2015


Birmingham mosque stabbings: attacker insane at time, jury rules – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2014 in attempted murder, attempts, insanity, murder, news, wounding by sally

‘A mentally ill man who stabbed a police constable and two worshippers at a mosque was insane at the time of the offences, a jury has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2014


Reform out of date laws on fitness to plead, ministers urged – The Independent

Posted August 15th, 2013 in defences, fitness to plead, insanity, Law Commission, mental health, news, reports by sally

“Mentally ill people are routinely forced to stand trial because the rules on fitness to appear in court are out of date, legal reformers have told the Government.”

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The Independent, 14th August 2013


Insanity and Automatism – Law Commission

Posted July 23rd, 2013 in automatism, defences, insanity, Law Commission, reports by tracey

“We have published a discussion paper examining the rules governing the defences of insanity and automatism.”

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Law Commission, 23rd July 2013


Regina v Radjpaul – WLR Daily

Posted May 3rd, 2013 in appeals, harassment, insanity, law reports, reasons by tracey

Regina v Radjpaul: [2013] EWCA Crim 591;   [2013] WLR (D)  160

“A special verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity was an acquittal for the purposes of imposing a restraining order upon a defendant, pursuant to section 5A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.”

WLR Daily, 1st May 2013


Regina v Smith (Mark) – WLR Daily

Regina v Smith (Mark) [2012] EWCA Crim 2566; [2012] WLR (D) 362

“The court had to identify the potential victim in a restraining order under section 5A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 to reflect the underlying purpose of the provision to protect that person or class of persons from an acquitted defendant and could only impose an order if satisfied that the defendant was likely to pursue a course of conduct which amounted to harassment within the meaning of section 1 of the Act.”

WLR Daily, 29th November 2012


Insanity and Automatism – Law Commission

Posted July 18th, 2012 in automatism, consultations, defences, insanity, mental health, press releases by tracey

“The Defences of Insanity and Automatism – Law Commissioner Professor David Ormerod says, ‘To produce meaningful reform proposals and be confident they will work in practice we need evidence of their current use and any problems they pose.  Our scoping paper asks questions to provide that information.’ ”

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Law Commission, 18th July 2012


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


Man cleared of Bristol stabbings by reason of insanity – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2010 in insanity, mental health, news, offensive weapons, wounding by sally

“A man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of stabbing 10 people on a rampage in Bristol.”

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BBC News, 11th May 2010


R v Ghulam – WLR Daily

Posted October 23rd, 2009 in evidence, fitness to plead, insanity, law reports, statutory interpretation by sally

R v Ghulam; [2009] WLR (D) 303

“The word ‘determination’ in s 4(6) of the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964 refers only to a determination that a defendant is unfit to plead so that, where that provision’s requirement for evidence from two or more registered medical practitioners to be before the court has not been met, the trial judge is not bound to adjourn the trial but may properly conclude that the defendant is fit to plead and that the trial may continue.”

WLR Daily, 22nd October 2009


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R (O’Connor) v HM Coroner for the District of Avon (Visser intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted May 11th, 2009 in inquests, insanity, law reports, standard of proof by sally

R (O’Connor) v HM Coroner for the District of Avon (Visser intervening) [2009] EWHC 854 (Admin); [2009] WLR(D); [2009] WLR (D) 150

The test for a verdict of unlawful killing was not exclusively objective, it being necessary to find at least the mental element necessary for a criminal conviction of assault; and insanity, if properly raised on the evidence, had to be disproved to the criminal standard to sustain such a verdict.”

WLR Daily, 8th May 2009


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Juror ‘committed sex crime during break for lunch’ – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2009 in insanity, juries, news, sexual offences by sally

“A juror sitting on a sexual assault case went out during his lunch break and committed a sex crime himself, a court heard.”

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The Independent, 23rd April 2009


Exclusive: Inside Broadmoor – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2009 in insanity, news, secure hospitals by sally

“Peter Sutcliffe is held there. So is Ian Brady. But can anything be done to treat the criminally insane? Katherine Faulkner is given a tour of the hospital”

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The Independent, 21st April 2009


Regina v Norman – Times Law Reports

Posted August 21st, 2008 in fitness to plead, insanity, law reports by sally

Regina v Norman

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Once it was clear that there was an issue as to unfitness to plead, it was necessary to ensure very careful case management so that full information was provided to the court without delay.”

The Times, 21st August 2008


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City chief who killed his daughter believed Satan had possessed her – The Times

Posted January 14th, 2008 in insanity, murder, news by sally

“A millionaire City executive and ‘totally devoted father’ killed his two-year-old daughter by smashing her head against the floor because he believed she had been taken over by a ‘malign and satanic entity’.

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The Times, 12th January 2008