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R v N Central Criminal Court

This case involved the murder of the defendant’s wife in their new family home. The Defendant accepted the unlawful killing of his wife but at the time of doing so, was suffering from an abnormal mental functioning of the mind.

This was a difficult and complicated case, both emotionally and legally, which required the use of experts to determine whether the Defendant was suffering from an abnormality at the time of the unlawful killing. Doctor Joseph, a leading psychiatrist in the field was instructed on behalf of the defence.

It was accepted by the jury that the defendant was suffering from an abnormality, which resulted in the Defendant being found Not Guilty of Murder but guilty of manslaughter.

The Defendant was sentenced on 1st December 2016 before Guildford Crown Court to a term of life imprisonment with a minimum term of 9 years and 172 days to serve.

The case received widespread coverage.


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