Insanity plea rejected

Magistrates at Caistor, Norfolk, are to reconsider the case of a man they acquitted of drink driving on the grounds that he was insane. The Appeal Court quashed their decision in the case of Michael Harper and have given the magistrates direction to convict. Lord Justice McCowan said that insanity could only be used as a defence in criminal proceedings where criminal intent must be proved. He said that drink driving was a "strict liability" offence with no need for criminal intent to be proved.