The only issue you have to decide is the one of responsibility on behalf of Mr Sylva and that is the partial defence of diminished responsibility
The trial judge, Mr Justice Jacobs, explained to the jury: "The evidence concerns a defence which is sometimes called diminished responsibility
or abnormality of mind.
The old statute on the partial defence of diminished responsibility
had been criticised as out-of-date and not taking into account the recent advancements and medical discoveries of modern psychiatry.
He said: "He will admit the manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility
He told the jury that if Jordan's defence team had not persuaded them he was suffering from diminished responsibility
then they should find him guilty of murder.
Then in March 1993 he was convicted at the Old Bailey of killing his partner, Yvonne Bennett, by diminished responsibility
Then in March 1993, he was convicted at the Old Bailey of killing his partner, Yvonne Bennett, through 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."
"It's a question of diminished responsibility
that will be at issue."
Anthony de Asha pleaded not guilty to murdering his partner Joanne, but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility
At the Old Bailey last week, Joseph pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility
. He will be sentenced at a later date.