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100 - Provocation & the Gay Panic defence Mens Rea: A true crime podcast

    • True Crime

There has been a lot of progress in relation to equal rights and protections for members of the LGBTQ+ in Ireland. However, despite decriminalisation in 1993, and the passage of Marriage Equality in 2015, there is still much to do. In addition to requiring effective hate speech legislation, the defence of provocation does allow a person accused of murder to claim that a romantic or sexual advance by an LGBTQ+ person resulted in a loss of control leading to the killing of that person.




In this episode, we explore cases where this partial defence was employed at trial and appeal: the killing of John Roche in 1982, the murder of Gerard Hackett in 2002, and the kidnap and murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998. 







Reasearch & Writing by Eileen MacFarlene of the Crimelapse Podcast 







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Theme Music:




Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/




Additional Music:   Allemande (Sting) by Wahneta Meixsell. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/




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Sources:





https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-accused-of-axe-murder-1.1136193
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/in-short-1.922163
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/in-short-1.1001883
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30140040.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139935.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30138989.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30138430.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139868.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139717.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139503.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139661.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139390.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30073577.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30361179.html
‘Man Charged with murder in Co Cork’ Irish Times, October 22 2002
‘Life sentence handed down for axe killing’ Irish Times, March 27th 2004
‘Man accused of axe murder’ March 20th 2004
‘Axe-killer gets life sentence for murder in derelict house’, Siobhan Gaffney, Irish Independent, March 27 2004 https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/axe-killer-gets-life-sentence-for-murder-in-derelict-house-26014155.html

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/dead-man-hit-on-head-with-axe-seven-times-26013187.html
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/man-charged-with-derelict-house-murder-26031829.html
https://www.rte.ie/news/2002/1021/31113-midleton/
https://www.rte.ie/news/2004/0319/47064-allingham/
https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/criminaljusticenotes/2020/07/30/the-provocation-defence-in-ireland/
https://criminaljusticeinireland.wordpress.com/2019/11/20/provocation-in-ireland-is-there-still-a-defence-for-the-defence/
https://www.newstalk.com/news/you-feel-helpless-40-of-homeless-people-have-been-sexually-assaulted-1182101
https://ichh.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Homelessness-Survey-13.04.2021.pdf
https://www.cork-guide.ie/midleton/
https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40183851.html
DPP V Allingham, May 2008
DPP V Allingham, July 2008
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1924/act/10/section/29/enacted/en/html
https://www.matthewshepard.org/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45968606
https://www.history.com/this-d

There has been a lot of progress in relation to equal rights and protections for members of the LGBTQ+ in Ireland. However, despite decriminalisation in 1993, and the passage of Marriage Equality in 2015, there is still much to do. In addition to requiring effective hate speech legislation, the defence of provocation does allow a person accused of murder to claim that a romantic or sexual advance by an LGBTQ+ person resulted in a loss of control leading to the killing of that person.




In this episode, we explore cases where this partial defence was employed at trial and appeal: the killing of John Roche in 1982, the murder of Gerard Hackett in 2002, and the kidnap and murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998. 







Reasearch & Writing by Eileen MacFarlene of the Crimelapse Podcast 







**********




With thanks to our sponsors for this episode:




Try the casual mobile puzzle game Best Fiends today! Find it on the Apple App store and Google Play!




Check out the global leader in mens grooming and Get 20% Off + Free Shipping at Manscaped.com with the code MENS




Sign up for professional online counselling at betterhelp.com/mens and get 10% off your first month!




*********




Find us on Facebook or Twitter!




With thanks to our supporters on Patreon! Donate today to get access to bonus and ad-free episodes!




Check out the Mens Rea Merch Store!




*********




Theme Music:




Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/




Additional Music:   Allemande (Sting) by Wahneta Meixsell. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/




*********




Sources:





https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-accused-of-axe-murder-1.1136193
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/in-short-1.922163
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/in-short-1.1001883
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30140040.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139935.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30138989.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30138430.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139868.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139717.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139503.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139661.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30139390.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30073577.html
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30361179.html
‘Man Charged with murder in Co Cork’ Irish Times, October 22 2002
‘Life sentence handed down for axe killing’ Irish Times, March 27th 2004
‘Man accused of axe murder’ March 20th 2004
‘Axe-killer gets life sentence for murder in derelict house’, Siobhan Gaffney, Irish Independent, March 27 2004 https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/axe-killer-gets-life-sentence-for-murder-in-derelict-house-26014155.html

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/dead-man-hit-on-head-with-axe-seven-times-26013187.html
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/man-charged-with-derelict-house-murder-26031829.html
https://www.rte.ie/news/2002/1021/31113-midleton/
https://www.rte.ie/news/2004/0319/47064-allingham/
https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/criminaljusticenotes/2020/07/30/the-provocation-defence-in-ireland/
https://criminaljusticeinireland.wordpress.com/2019/11/20/provocation-in-ireland-is-there-still-a-defence-for-the-defence/
https://www.newstalk.com/news/you-feel-helpless-40-of-homeless-people-have-been-sexually-assaulted-1182101
https://ichh.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Homelessness-Survey-13.04.2021.pdf
https://www.cork-guide.ie/midleton/
https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40183851.html
DPP V Allingham, May 2008
DPP V Allingham, July 2008
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1924/act/10/section/29/enacted/en/html
https://www.matthewshepard.org/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45968606
https://www.history.com/this-d

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