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Jury verdict in manslaughter case was perverse and against the weight of evidence

By: Ciaran Joyce BL

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Court of Appeal allows appeal of manslaughter conviction where the jury found the accused guilty despite unchallenged medical evidence in respect of his mental state, finding that the jury verdict was perverse and against the weight of evidence, and the appropriate verdict was one of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Criminal law – appeal of manslaughter conviction – road traffic collision – whether the appropriate verdict was one of not guilty by reason of insanity – unchallenged medical evidence – jury verdict was perverse and against the weight of evidence – appeal allowed.

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