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Rape (Defences) Bill

 

 
 

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Amendment of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in relation to rape

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Short title

 

Bill 153                                                                                                

54/3

 
 

Rape (Defences) Bill

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A

Bill

To

Amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to prohibit the use of a defence of

sleepwalking in proceedings relating to the offence of rape; and for connected

purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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Amendment of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in relation to rape

(1)   

Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (c. 42) (rape) is amended as follows.

(2)   

After subsection (3) insert—

“(3A)   

It shall not be a defence for a defendant accused of an offence under this

section to claim he was—

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(a)   

sleepwalking, or

(b)   

suffering from non-insane automatism or other similar

condition

when the offence was alleged to have taken place.”

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rape (Defences) Act 2008.

 
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