Practice and Procedure

R v CLIVE WOOD (2008)

PUBLISHED June 20, 2008

[2008] EWCA Crim 1305

At the murder trial of a defendant who suffered from alcohol dependency syndrome the judge had misdirected the jury when addressing a verdict of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility as he had implied that unless the jury were of the opinion that every drink consumed by the defendant was involuntary his alcohol dependency syndrome had to be disregarded.

CA (Crim Div) (Sir Igor Judge (President QB), Aikens J, Swift J)