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Criminal Defenses

Knifeman has mental condition, court hears

A suicidal knife-wielding man who was shot several times by police officers at a Wong Tai Sin public housing estate last month suffered from a mental condition that could make him lose control of some impulses, a court heard yesterday.

Friday, 7 October, 2011, 12:00am

In his own words: how Magistrate Anthony Yuen sees the case and the sentence

'A slap is an insult to the police officer and is therefore serious enough to warrant an immediate custodial sentence. The message can't be clearer, but this court cannot ignore the reason why she behaved the way she did.'

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Is the use of force necessary in certain situations?

Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week ...

Jeannette Lee, 17, Diocesan Girls' School

The distinction between man and beast is human rights, which entitles us to basic autonomy. Our rights mean that we should not use physical force on others and vice versa.

11 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Sleepwalk case spurs legal rethink

The Department of Justice is examining whether the procedures for dealing with people acquitted of crimes due to insanity should be revised after confusion surrounded the end of a trial involving a sleepwalking prostitute who tried to kill a friend.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Verdict leads to legal dilemma

The acquittal by reason of insanity of a prostitute charged with attempting to murder a fellow sex worker has highlighted a weakness in the law governing how the courts are to deal with insane defendants, a judge has said.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Past cases of automatism

September 14 Bus driver Lee Siu-ming, 46, is acquitted of dangerous driving over the death of a pedestrian because a magistrate could not rule out the possibility that he might have had a heart attack that caused him to drive in a state of automatism.

29 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Attacker was sleepwalking, court told

Prostitute acted out a violent dream, says psychiatrist

A woman who stabbed and tried to smother her friend was most likely sleepwalking at the time of her attack, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday.

23 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Bus driver in death crash acquitted

Heart attack theory clears KMB worker

A bus driver yesterday was acquitted of dangerous driving over the death of a pedestrian because a magistrate could not rule out the possibility that he might have had a heart attack that caused him to drive in a state of 'automatism'.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

A valid excuse for murder?

Aside from its more obvious tabloid appeal, the Kissel trial also raised issues at the point where criminal law meets psychology. That is, how do judges, jurors and prosecutors assess the emotional state of an alleged murderer at the time of the crime, and exactly what can and ought to be acceptable as a partial excuse?

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Court told of assault on teen inmate

A teenager at the Pui Chi Boy's Home was beaten and sexually attacked by two other teenagers, a court heard yesterday.

The details of the crime emerged as one of the alleged attackers pleaded guilty to one charge of indecent assault and two charges of gross indecency.

The other teenage suspect denied the charges and is expected to go on trial early next month.

20 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Agent convicted of using sex video in blackmail

A property agent was convicted yesterday of blackmailing his business partner for money and sexual favours by threatening to release a video of them having intercourse.

14 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Disabled court plea

I REFER to the alleged rape case involving a girl with impaired hearing who was slightly mentally handicapped. Since I was not present at the hearing, I do not wish to comment on the result of the case and the circumstances leading up to the acquittal of the defendant.

27 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Man killed after jostling encounter

AN assistant inspector in the Post Office was sentenced to three years in jail for manslaughter after the killing of a stranger who jostled him as they got off a light rail vehicle.

Sentencing Tang Wai-keung, 32, Mr Justice Stock yesterday described it as a tragic and horrifying case.

1 May 1993 - 12:00am

Insanity claim

NEW YORK: New York State's former chief judge, Sol Wachtler, who faces charges of extortion and threatening to kidnap the daughter of a woman who jilted him, is building a defence based on temporary insanity caused by depression and the abuse of prescription drugs, associates suggested.

11 Jan 1993 - 12:00am