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Broome v Perkins [1987] Crim LR 271

The appellant was a diabetic. He had driven erratically while suffering from hypo-glycaemia (low blood sugar level caused by an excess of insulin in the bloodstream). His defence of non-insane automatism failed because of evidence that he had exercised conscious control over his car by veering away from other vehicles so as to avoid a collision and braking. His conviction for driving without undue care and attention was therefore upheld.
 
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