Killer Husbands Lose 'Cheating Wife' Defence; but Abused Wives Could Escape Murder Charge
Byline: James Slack Home Affairs Editor
HUSBANDS who kill cheating wives in 'crimes of passion' are to lose the defence of provocation after all.
The move, described as 'obnoxious' by judges, means husbands will no longer be able to claim that infidelity was the spur for their actions and will face a charge of murder, rather than manslaughter.
It had been thought that the change in the law - introduced by the last Labour Government and opposed by the Tories - would not happen after it was thrown out by the House of Lords.
But it has emerged that the measure was quietly reinstated as a new clause in a Bill which has passed into law.
At the same time, another controversial …
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Publication information: Article title: Killer Husbands Lose 'Cheating Wife' Defence; but Abused Wives Could Escape Murder Charge. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: September 28, 2010. Page number: 10. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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