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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - Trial judge’s duties - Charge or directions

Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 8:35 AM  

Appeal by the accused from his conviction of manslaughter. The accused’s wife of three years drowned in the bathtub. At the time of her death, she was 20 weeks pregnant. She had recently learned that her husband was having an affair and the couple was engaged in counselling. Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety drug with sedating properties (which had not been prescribed to the accused’s wife), was found in her blood. A few days prior to the drowning, the accused’s wife was taken to hospital with symptoms of...