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How can I tell when a specific defence applies in an a level law scenario? Ie what clues will make me instantly think, for example, that here the defence of automatism applies not insanity etc.
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Automatism is caused by an external bodily factor, a case gave the example of a reflex, driving whilst being attacked by a swarm of bees.

Insanity is caused by an internal bodily factor, e.g. psychosis, making the person believe someone is going to attack them. Or sometimes more trivial things like PMS.

With such a broad question all I can advise is to look out for and try and categorise these internal or external factors.

Be careful if you get a case on diabetes though, the different form of diabetic attack can apply to different defences.
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(Original post by MidgetFever)
Automatism is caused by an external bodily factor, a case gave the example of a reflex, driving whilst being attacked by a swarm of bees.

Insanity is caused by an internal bodily factor, e.g. psychosis, making the person believe someone is going to attack them. Or sometimes more trivial things like PMS.

With such a broad question all I can advise is to look out for and try and categorise these internal or external factors.

Be careful if you get a case on diabetes though, the different form of diabetic attack can apply to different defences.
Thank you, this clarifies a lot for me. I appreciate it!
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