Bratty v A-G for Northern Ireland [1963]

Facts

  • The defendant strangled the victim

Issue

  • Could insanity be pleaded as a defence?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • Although unlawful killing must be a voluntary act, the defendant had failed to prove that he was insane (note that the legal burden is on the defendant to prove that he was insane)
  • The trial judge’s conclusion were correct
RELATED CASE  R v Miller [1983]

Posted in Criminal Law Revision Notes.

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