Parnham, Regina v: CACD 7 Feb 2003

The defendant appealed against his sentence of six years for manslaughter. His wife had attacked him with an iron bar and he had defended himself and hit her causing her death.
Held: The court had not given credit for his plea of guilty, and that this was a case of involuntary manslaughter. Although the blows struck by the deceased caused some injury, the appellant received no serious injuries. On the other hand, the attack upon his wife was one of excessive ferocity. That ferocity was treated by the jury as being indicative of a frenzied state which had the consequence that the appellant did not intend to cause the really serious bodily injury which self-evidently was bound to follow from the blows he struck with an iron bar. Allowing for the guilty plea, the correct sentence was four years.


Jackson, Elias JJ


[2003] EWCA Crim 416




England and Wales


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CitedSuratan and Another, Regina v CACD 20-Dec-2002
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