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
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:—
Amendment of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in relation to rape
Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (c. 42) (rape) is amended as follows.
After subsection (3) insert—
It shall not be a defence for a defendant accused of an offence under this
suffering from non-insane automatism or other similar
when the offence was alleged to have taken place.”
This Act may be cited as the Rape (Defences) Act 2008.