David Langwallner secures acquittal in an argument of self-defence and proportionate force

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Instructed by Lansbury Worthington Solicitors, David Langwallner secured an acquittal in an argument of self-defence and proportionate force arising out of a charge of aggravated bodily harm in a domestic situation.

In this respect, David implicitly relied on such cases as Beckford (1995) and Owiko (1995), that self-defence is assessed objectively in terms of proportionate force, but, with a subjective complement in terms of the accused’s perception of the situation, his instinctive reaction through violence or a perceived threat of the same and, above all, with respect to the individual circumstances of the case. David relied on Lord Sankey’s judgement in Woolmington v DPP and the concept of cognitive or confirmatory bias.

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February 2018