Justin and Rebecca had been married for two years. Justin was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder after returning three months ago from fighting in a war where he had witnessed several horrifying events. He spent most of his day watching television and playing war games on the computer. Rebecca worked as a nurse and after a particularly stressful day she arrived home to find the house a mess and Justin asleep on the sofa. She tried to talk to him but he refused to answer. Rebecca was tired and frustrated and started to shout at Justin to provoke some response – she called him ‘useless’ and a ‘coward’ for not going back to fight. Justin suddenly snapped and put his hands around her neck and strangled her. Realising what he had done Justin called an ambulance but it was too late and Rebecca was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
Consider Justin’s criminal liability. (OE) (C)