Facts and Judgment
DPP v Camplin  AC 705 House of Lords
The appellant, a 15 year old boy, killed a middle aged man by hitting him over the head with a chapati pan. At his murder trial the defendant raised the defence of provocation stating that the deceased had raped him and then laughed at him at which point he lost his control and hit him. The trial judge directed the jury on provocation that they should consider whether a reasonable adult would have done as the defendant did and told them that they should not take acount of the defendant's actual age. The jury convicted him of murder and the defendant appealed contending the judge was wrong to direct the jury that age was irrelevant.
The appeal was allowed. The jury should be allowed to consider the age of the defendant.
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