diminished capacity

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diminished capacity

(dĭ-mĭn′ĭsht)
n.
A reduced capacity, caused by mental illness, intoxication, or some other cause, that prevented a person accused of an illegal act from formulating the full intent necessary for the most serious offense with which he or she is charged. Also called diminished responsibility.
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Mr Hughes' death belfast crown court yesterday He added: "No one has trodden the issue around diminished responsibility and we have put that in motion and a report will be completed in four weeks by Dr Maria O'Kane.
Then in March 1993, he was convicted at the Old Bailey of killing his partner, Yvonne Bennett, through diminished responsibility.
Then in March 1993 he was convicted at the Old Bailey of killing his partner, Yvonne Bennett, by diminished responsibility.
He said: "I have considered diminished responsibility in this case.
The defendant has available the partial defence of manslaughter diminished responsibility and on careful consideration, the Crown agrees.
In his closing speech, prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC told the jury they had to decide whether the offence of murder should be reduced to manslaughter, either because the defendant lost his self-control or was suffering from diminished responsibility.
At the Old Bailey last week, Joseph pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Andrew Craigie pleaded guilty at Stafford Crown Court earlier this week to the manslaughter of 61-year-old Geoffrey Watkins on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The court decided on a life sentence instead of the death penalty, judging that Nishizawa had diminished responsibility for his actions.
Eto's lawyers argued that the incident was unplanned and that he was in a state of diminished responsibility at the time of the incident.
The legal construct of diminished responsibility (also known as diminished capacity) was introduced into the Singapore Penal Code in 1961.
At the city's crown court he pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility but was found guilty of murder.