[2007] EWCA Crim 2810

A jury direction on the issue of self-defence did not have to specify that a pre-emptive strike could still amount to lawful self-defence, nor that an honest belief as to the need for self-defence could also be mistaken, in circumstances where the whole context of the trial and the judge's summing up was that an honest belief might be sufficient even without any real need for self-defence, provided that the belief was honestly held.

CA (Crim Div) (Rix LJ, Butterfield J, Nelson J)

23/10/2007

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