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16 December 2016

Regina v Mitchell [2016] UKSC 55; [2016] WLR (D) 541

7 July; 19 Oct 2016

Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, Lord Hughes, Lord Toulson, Lord Hodge JJSC

Crime — Evidence — Similar facts — Propensity — Defendant admitting killing victim with knife but claiming self-defence — Evidence adduced of previous incidents where defendant threatened people with knives — Earlier incidents not leading to convictions — Standard of proof required to show propensity — Whether jury needing to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that earlier incidents occurred — Criminal Justice (Evidence) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 (SI 2004/1501), arts 6(1), 8

The defendant admitted that she had killed her ex-pa...

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