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R v White

[1987] 3 All ER 416

Case summary last updated at 13/01/2020 13:52 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case R v White

D stabbed V during an argument over V’s dog. The judge directed on self-defence but didn’t mention the “unexpected anguish” qualification from Lord Morris in Palmer. CA dismissed the appeal saying that this omission would only render convictions unsafe if it the “unexpected anguish” was relevant to the case. In this case it was not (V came prepared with a knife and did not reach for it “instinctively” as the qualification requires). 

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