R v Dowds [2012] EWCA Crim 281, [2012] Crim LR 612

Key point

  • Diminished responsibility does not apply to voluntary intoxication


  • D stabbed V 60 times
  • D claimed the partial defence of diminished responsibility against the charge for murder, on the basis that he was acutely drunk

Held (Court of Appeal)

  • D was rightly convicted for murder
  • Voluntary intoxication does not fall within the scope of “recognised medical condition” under s2(1) Homicide Act 1957 as amended by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009
Homicide Cases
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