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Automatism

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Automatism is a criminal defence that is rarely used. It does not describe someone as insane but the defence states that the criminal commited the crime with an involuntary function such as a spasm.

Automatism must be defending an external action.

In the case of Hill v Baxter (1958) the defendant had hit a car at an intersection but pleaded automatism after saying an external force cased him to black out. With lack of evidence the defendant was eventualy found guilty.

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