Lecture presentation: Self-defence and prevention of crime

This recorded lecture presentation covers the defences of self-defence, defence of others, defence of property and prevention of crime. Topics include: mistakes and self-defence including drunken mistakes and mistakes as to the level of danger; the meaning of ‘reasonable force’ and the role of judge and jury; pre-emptive strikes; ‘self-induced’ self-defence; defence against non-criminal acts; the offences to which these defences may be raised’ and the relationship between self-defence and duress of circumstances; the effect of a successful plea; proposals for reform.

Principal authorities referred to: s3(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967; Palmer v R (1971); Scarlett (1994); Owino (1996); Attorney General for Northern Ireland’ Ref (No. 1 of 1975) (1976); Devlin v Armstrong (1971); Martin (2002) Shaw (2001); Beckford (1988); Attorney General’s reference (No. 2 of 1983) (1984); Rashford (2005); Burns v HM Advocate (1995); Johnson (1989); Williams (Gladstone) (1987); DPP v Bayer; Faraj (2007); Re A (Conjoined Twins) (2001); Renouf (1986); Blake v DPP (1933); Conway (1989); Symonds (1998); Clegg (1995); O’Grady (1987); Hatton (2005) and more…

The total lecture time is 63 minutes.

To test your knowledge it includes multiple choice questions and concludes with a 22 question test.

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Lecture presentation: Non fatal offences

This recorded lecture presentation deals with assault, battery and offences contrary to section 47, section 20 and section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act. Sexual offences and offences of poisoning are not included.

Topics covered include assault by words; assault by silence; conditional statements; the immediacy requirement; battery by omission; battery and psychiatric injury; bodily harm and wounding; assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to s 47 of the Offences Against the Person At 1861; the meaning of actual bodily harm; s 47 and psychiatric injury; malicious wounding / inflicting gbh contrary to s20 of the OAPA 1861; ‘wounding’; grievous bodily harm; may there be an infliction of gbh where no force is applied? ; wounding/ causing gbh with intent contrary to s 18 of the OAPA 1861; stalking and the OAPA 1861; other stalking offences; the Crown Prosecution Charging Standards; Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

Principal authorities include: Ireland; Burstow (1998); Savage; Parmenter (1991); Mowatt (1967); Tuberville v Savage (1669); Read v Coker (1853;
Smith v. Chief Superintendent, Woking Police Station (1983); Constanza [1997]; DPP v K [1990]; Haystead [2000]; DPP v Santana – Bermudez [2003]; Fagan [1969]; JCC v Eisenhower [1983]; In Chan Fook [1994]; T v DPP [2003]; Bryson (1985) ; Woollin (1999).

The lecture is of approx 61 minutes duration.

There are two tests with a total of 40 questions including feedback.

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Lecture presentation: Murder

This recorded lecture covers the following issues: an outline of sentencing for murder; the actus reus of murder; the acceleration of death; the meaning of ‘death’; brain stem death; what is meant by a human being ? ; the killing of a foetus and the decision in the A-G’s reference (No. 3 of 1994)(1997); the decision in A (conjoined twins)(2001); the Law Reform (Year and Day Rule) Act 1996; the mens rea of murder; outline of the proposals for reform.

Principal authorities include: Woollin (1998); Matthews; Alleyne (2003) Re A (Conjoined Twins)(2000); Airedale NHS Trust v Bland (1993); Malcherek; Steel (1981); Attorney General’s Reference (No. 3 of 1994) (1997); Vickers (1957).

Lecture time – 31 minutes

Includes a self test quiz of 20 questions.

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Lecture presentation: Manslaughter by gross negligence: Misra [2004] CA

This recorded lecture presentation considers the decision of the Court of Appeal in Misra [2004] concerning the law relating to manslaughter by gross negligence as explained in Adomako [1995]. The main issues covered include the elements of manslaughter by gross negligence; the requirement of legal certainty in article 7 of the ECHR; the right to a fair trial in article 6 of the ECHR; the impact of R v G [2004]; the question whether the test of liability for manslaughter by gross negligence is circular.

Cases discussed: Misra [2004]; Adomako [1995]; R v G [2004]

Lecture time – 17 minutes

Includes a self test quiz of 10 questions.

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Lecture presentation: automatism

This lecture presentation deals with the following issues: automatism and involuntary conduct; the requirement of a total loss of control; sane and insane automatism – the meaning of ‘disease of the mind’ – the internal / external distinction – the danger of recurrence; self-induced automatism – voluntary intoxication; specific and basic intent; burden of proof.

Principal authorities discussed include: Bratty v AG for Northern Ireland (1961); A-G’s Ref (No.2 of 1992); Hennessy (1989); Quick and Paddison (1973); Sullivan (1983); Burgess (1991); Hill v Baxter (1958); Bailey (1983); Hardie (1984); Lipman (1970).

Duration; 45 minutes

Quiz: 18 questions.

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