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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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The old statute on the partial defence of diminished responsibility had been criticised as out-of-date and not taking into account the recent advancements and medical discoveries of modern psychiatry.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.