Regina 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 make the statutory ordinary person act as he did.


Times 06-Jun-1996, [1996] 1 WLR 1174


England and Wales


See AlsoRegina 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. . .

Cited by:

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 . .
CitedChallen, Regina v CACD 28-Feb-2019
Appeal from conviction for murder. The defendant had killed her husband with a hammer. She said that he had, through his controlling behaviour, abused her over many years.
Held: The verdict of manslaughter was substituted. . .
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Updated: 08 July 2022; Ref: scu.88186