Self Defence and Intoxication

Information on Self defence and intoxication


Self Defence Part 1

  • Publice self defence- Section 3(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967 and is defined as resonable force to prevent crime e.g. Citizens Arrest
  • Private self defence is a common law- allows the defendant to use reasonable force to;
    • defend themsleves from an attack
    • prevent an attack on another person
    • defend your property
  • Use the defence in relation to all crimes- but with murder the defendants life must be at risk
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Self defence- Part 2

  • Courts will take into accout;
    • Whether the accused could have retreated from the situation
    • Whether the test was imminent.
    • Whether the defendant made a mistake which made him think the action was justified
  • Resonable force is considered by the jury based on the circumstances
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Self Defence part 3

  • Self defence is a good defence provided the misake is honest- R v Williams
  • Pre-emptive slef defence is allowed as long as the defendant act pre-emptivels to prevent and attack- AG's ref
  • Excessive force means that the defence cannot be used becuase it indicates that the defendant actd unresonably- R v Clegg- Soldier, was excessive force- R v Martin- Psychiatric condition
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