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Capacity defences of insanity and intoxication
Person has chosen to take alcohol,
drugs or other substances e.g. glue-sniffing.
General rule - if a person is voluntarily intoxicated and commits a crime there is no defence
Intoxication is relevant as to whether or not the defendant has the required mens rea for the offence.
If the defendant does not have the required mens rea because of his intoxicated state he may not be guilty, however this depends on whether the intoxication was voluntary or involuntary and whether the offence charged is one of specific or basic intent.Slide3
Voluntary intoxication and specific intent offences
These are crimes where intention is required in addition to the basic offence e.g. Section18 OAPA 1861 is GBH or malicious wounding with intention to do GBH.
Voluntary intoxication can negate the mens rea for a specific intent offence - if the defendant is so intoxicated that the mens rea for the offence is not formed, he is not guilty – DPP v Beard (1920)
means the charge is reduced rather than escaping liability e.g.
(1970) but also bear in mind AG for Northern Ireland v Gallagher (1963
) where it was held that drunken intent is still an intent.
Voluntary intoxication and basic intent offences
) – voluntarily becoming intoxicated is considered a reckless course of conduct and recklessness is enough to constitute the necessary mens rea in assault cases.
Includes spiked drinks, prescribed drugs and soporific drugs
Pearson (1835) – “If a party be made drunk by stratagem, or the fraud of another, he is not responsible.” – therefore may be defence for basic and specific intent crimes
Soporific drugs –
Spiked drinks – Allen (1988
However, note HOL decision in Kingston (
- drugged intent is still intent.Slide6
If the defendant makes a mistake due to intoxication then it will depend what the mistake was as to whether the defence is available
(1970) - he had recklessly taken drugs so no defence.
all 3 cases, the charge was manslaughter which is a basic intent crime so, following
, the defence is not available.Slide7
Problems with Intoxication
decision is that a person is reckless if they get drunk and therefore guilty but this does not comply with the principle that the actus reus and mens rea of a crime must coincide
Normally if recklessness is sufficient for the mens rea the defendant needs to be aware of the risk but this is not the case with intoxication
Where there is a lesser offence the charge will be reduced to a basic intent crime, but where there is no lesser offence the defendant escapes liability
See the Law Commission’s Report of 2009- Intoxication and Criminal Liability, for recommendations for reform of the law of intoxication.