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Insanity

R v Sullivan (1984)
R v Sullivan (1984)
The defendant suffered from epilepsy and while he was at a friend's house, he had a fit. While he was fitting, he attached and injured the friend. The defendant argued that he should be allowed the defence of automatism. The judge rules that his defence w
R v Burgess
R v Burgess
The defendant had been watching a video with a girl and then proceeded to attack her with a bottle and video recorder and put his hands around her neck. He said he was sleepwalking and this should give him the defence of automatism. It was ruled that the
R v Windle (1952)
R v Windle (1952)
The defendant killed his wife by giving her approx. 100 tablets of aspirin. He told the police 'I suppose they will hang me for this'. Even though there was evidence that he had a mental illness, he was deemed aware that he knew what he was doing.
R v Johnson (2007)
R v Johnson (2007)
The defendant forced his way into a neighbor's flat and stabbed him. He was convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Two psychiatrists gave evidence that the defendant was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and had hallucination
Bratty v Attorney-General for Northern Ireland (1961)
Bratty v Attorney-General for Northern Ireland (1961)
The Defendant strangled a girl. He said that he did not realise what he had done because 'a blackness' came over him. These was some evidence that he could have been suffering from epilepsy. The defence of insanity was rejected and he was convicted of mur
Hennessy (1989)
Hennessy (1989)
The Defendant was charged with taking a car and driving whilst disqualified. He was a diabetic and needed insulin to control this. His stated that because he had forgotten to take his insulin, it caused him to suffer hyperglycaemia. The Judge said that
Quick (1973)
Quick (1973)
The Defendant who was a nurse failed to eat after taking insulin for his diabetes. This caused hypoglycaemia. He was convicted of causing actual bodily harm to a patient. The judge rules the defence was insanity. The conviction was thrown out as he st
Attorney-General’s Reference (No 2 of 1992)
Attorney-General’s Reference (No 2 of 1992)
The Defendant, who was a lorry driver, hit a broken-down car after driving for several hours and ended up on the hard shoulder of a motorway for about half a mile before he hit the car.
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