Regina 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.


Lord Taylor of Gosforth LCJ


Independent 19-Dec-1995, Times 14-Dec-1995, Gazette 07-Feb-1996, [1996] 2 All ER 1023, [1995] EWCA Crim 6, [1996] 2 Cr App R 108, [1996] 1 WLR 1174




England and Wales

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See AlsoRegina v Thornton (SE) (No 2) CACD 6-Jun-1996
Battered woman syndrome may be part of provocation if it causes a loss of control. The history of the relationship between the appellant and the deceased could properly be taken into account in deciding whether the final provocation was enough to . .
CitedWilliams v The Queen PC 23-Nov-1998
(Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) The defendant was convicted of having killed his wife. He had killed his children but faced no charge on that issue. He complained of the admission of evidence showing that he had killed the children. In his . .
CitedLuc 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 . .
CitedRegina 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 . .
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