Ontario court throws out law barring self-induced intoxication as defence to sexual assault, other violent crimes

Article Link: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/court-throws-out-law-barring-self-induced-intoxication-as-defence-to-violence

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A law that bans an accused from using intoxication as a defence in cases of sexual assault and other violent crimes tramples charter rights and is unconstitutional, Ontario’s top court ruled Wednesday. In throwing out the provision, the Court of Appeal found its harmful effects were profound, and contrary to the principles of fundamental justice. “It enables the conviction of individuals for acts they do not will,” the court said. The ruling comes in a pair of separate cases the court described as “tragic.” In both, men became psychotic on drugs and killed or injured relatives.