Periodically there are court cases where the defence for persons who were highly intoxicated by alcohol or illicit drugs, or both, and allegedly committed murder, is that they were unable to form an intention to murder. On face value this can be easily accepted. However, in my view it begs further examination in the cause of justice, especially for the victim's family. What is not mentioned as coming under consideration in the many reports I have read is that a person has a responsibility before the law not to self-cause their inability to know right from wrong by breaking a law - e.g. public drunkenness, and also not to self-cause their ability to deviate from the social norm - i.e. holding an intent not to murder - again by breaking a law.
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Drug Free Australia
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