Suffered from an “abnormality of mental functioning” - D’s mental functioning was so different from that of ordinary human beings that the reasonable man would term it abnormal., The cause of the abnormality of mental functioning must arise from a ‘recognised medical condition’. - Diminished responsibility can cover a wide range of mental conditions such as depressive illnesses, paranoia, epilepsy, pre-menstrual tension and battered wives syndrome., ‘substantial impairment’ - to understand the nature of his conduct;, Provides an explanation for D’s Conduct - D has to prove that the abnormality of mental functioning provides an explanation for his acts and omissions in doing or being a party to the killing,

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