R v G (murder case)
The defendant had been on a drinking session with his old friend (the deceased). It was suggested by a prosecution witness that the deceased had made an inappropriate remark to the girlfriend of another of the defendant’s friends. Some time later the defendant was seen, covered in blood stating that he had killed the person. The police were called and found the deceased in a pool of his own blood. He had suffered over 26 separate stab wounds. The defendant was arrested but had no recollection of the events.
R v R (attempted murder)
The defendant was met outside a pub by three men, one known to him. He was assaulted by the one he knew sustaining a fractured jaw. Fearing a further attack on himself and/or his elderly father who had accompanied him, the defendant recovered a pistol (used earlier for ‘ratting’ on local farm land) from his van and let off nine or so rounds of live ammunition. One bullet hit the first complainant in the face, a second hit another man in the stomach.