Facts and Judgment
The jury convicted him of murder (which carries the death penalty in Jamaica). He appealed contending the judge was wrong to direct that the mistake needed to be reasonably held.
The appeal was allowed and the conviction was quashed. The test to be applied for self-defence is that a person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances as he honestly believes them to be in the defence of himself or another. Back to lecture outline on the defence of mistake in Criminal Law Back to lecture outline on public and private defences in Criminal Law