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The justices had decided that a diabetic motorist charged with dangerous driving, and saying that he had done so during a hypo-glycemic episode, should be acquitted on the ground that he was in a state of automatism. The prosecution appealed.

Held: The appeal succeeded. The justices, had they directed themselves correctly as to the effect of the evidence, should not have come to the conclusion that at the material time for the purposes of this charge there had occurred such a complete destruction of voluntary control as could constitute in law automatism.

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