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R v Dryden [1995] 4 All ER 987

The appellant had eccentric and obsessional personality traits. He shot and killed a planning officer that had come to his house to enforce a demolition order. The trial judge did not direct the jury on the personality traits of the defendant in relation to his defence of provocation. The defendant appealed.


The Court of Appeal held that the personality traits were sufficiently permanent to be attributed to the reasonable man. However, the appeal was dismissed as it was thought that even if the jury were properly directed, no reasonable jury would have concluded that a reasonable person with the personality traits would have been provoked into doing what the defendant did.
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