ADMISSION OF FRESH EVIDENCE DEMONSTRATING ABNORMALITY OF MIND AT TIME OF KILLINGS

The court set out the factors to be considered in determining whether to admit fresh evidence, under the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 s.23, concerning an appellant’s mental condition at the time of killings and whether that evidence demonstrated that he had suffered from an abnormality of mind within the meaning of the Homicide Act 1957 s.2, thus rendering a conviction for murder unsafe and requiring its substitution by a conviction for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

[2009] EWCA Crim 1425