Regina v Parker: CACD 25 Feb 1997

The defendant appealed his conviction for murder, saying that his defence of provocation should have been left for the jury.
Held: Not following Luc, it was open to admit relevant evidence on the defendant’s capacity for self-control. Having said it was admissible, what would have been its effect? The court could not decide that, and the prosecution had had no chance to test it. A retrial would be necessary.
Otton, Butterfield LJ, Rant CB QC J
[1997] EWCA Crim 573
Homicide Act 1957 3
England and Wales
Not followedLuc Thiet Thuan v The Queen PC 2-Apr-1996
(Hong Kong) On a trial for murder the defendant relied on the defences of diminished responsibility and provocation. Medical evidence showed the defendant suffered from brain damage and was prone to respond to minor provocation by losing his . .
CitedWorcestershire Works Finance Limited v Cowden Engineering Limited 1971
The Privy Council, if it disapproves of a previous decision of the Court of Appeal, is at liberty to depart from it. . .
CitedRegina (Director of Public Prosecutions) v Camplin HL 1978
The court considered the direction to be given as to the existence of provocation so as to reduce a charge of murder to one of manslaughter. The reasonable man in the definition should be one with the defendant’s mental condition. ‘The judge should . .
CitedRegina v Thornton (Sara) CACD 13-Dec-1995
Battered women’s syndrome may be a relevant characteristic in a murder trial to be taken account of when judging context of provocation. . .
CitedRegina v Campbell CACD 25-Oct-1996
The defendant appealed against his conviction for murder. At trial he had pleaded provocation, but not that he suffered abnormality of mind. Subsequent evidence of his state of mind led to this referral. The court now received fresh evidence to . .
CitedRegina v Dryden 1995
The court considered the defence of provocation to a charge of murder.
Held: ‘eccentric and obsessional personality traits’ were mental characteristics which should have been left for the jury. . .
CitedRegina v Humphreys CACD 1995
Defence of provocation to murder. Abnormal immaturity and attention seeking by wrist slashing were mental characteristics which should have been left for the jury to decide upon. . .
CitedRegina v Raven CACD 1982
The 22-year old defendant had a mental age of 9 years. He said it was inappropriate when judging the availability of the defence of provocation to a charge of murder to ignore that fact. The Recorder of London ruled that, having regard to the test . .
CitedRegina v Baillie 1995
Defence of provocation to charge of murder. . .
CitedRegina v Ahluwalia CACD 31-Jul-1992
The appellant sought substitution of a conviction for manslaughter of her husband for that of his murder. She had long suffered violent treatment by him. She had not raised the issue of diminished responsibility at trial.
Held: The court . .

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CitedJames, Regina v; Regina v Karimi CACD 25-Jan-2006
The defendants appealed their convictions for murder, saying that the court had not properly guided the jury on provocation. The court was faced with apparently conflicting decision of the House of Lords (Smith) and the Privy Council (Holley).
Updated: 29 January 2021; Ref: scu.150028