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R v Tandy

Facts and Judgment
 R v Tandy [1989] 1 WLR 350 The defendant was an alcoholic. She killed her 11 year old daughter by strangulation after the daughter told her she was being sexually abused by her step father. On the day of the killing the defendant had drunk almost a whole bottle of vodka which was stronger then her normal drink of cinzano. At her trial she was convicted of murder and appealed. LJ Watkins stated the relevant principles applicable to a plea of diminished responsibility due to alcoholism: Held: Conviction for murder upheld. The appellant had demonstrated in her evidence that she had exercised control over her drinking. She had chosen to drink a different drink on the day in question and was unable to recall if she had drunk the day before. She was also able to stop drinking at 6.30 pm on the day of the killing despite the fact that the bottle was not yet empty. Back to lecture outline on Diminished Responsibility  

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