CRIMINAL LAW – sentence – murder – whether offender had an intention to kill or an intention to inflict grievous bodily harm – whether offender acted for reward – effect of offender’s brain injury upon need for general deterrence – whether special circumstances – malicious wounding – whether partial accumulation of sentences warranted
9. Prior to the commencement of the trial, the Crown served a notice pursuant to s 97 of the Evidence Act 1995 seeking the admission, in its case against the offender at trial, of evidence concerning an incident at Kings Cross approximately two weeks after the murder of the deceased (“the Kings Cross incident”). The Crown’s application was later expanded to include an application that the evidence be admitted pursuant to s. 98 of the Evidence Act . In a judgment delivered on 16 February 2012, I concluded that the evidence should not be admitted.