(124)  Extending diminished responsibility: battered women

On 18 July 2001 a Court of Five Judges extended the doctrine of diminished responsibility in murder cases, taking it beyond the previously established position in which such a claim required a state of mind bordering on insanity or some form of mental disease.  The Court held that this definition was too narrow, and that diminished responsibility might also arise from abnormality of mind” arising

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