High Court of Australia

Nguyen v The Queen [2013] HCA 32

87 ALJR 853; 298 ALR 649

27 Jun 2013

Case Number: M30/2013


French CJ, Kiefel, Bell, Gageler, Keane JJ


Criminal law – Murder – Practice and procedure – Directions to jury – Available alternative charge – Whether position of appellant and co-accused sufficiently distinguishable to affect adequacy of directions to jury – Whether reasonably open to jury to return alternative verdict of manslaughter – Whether failure to leave alternative verdict to jury constituted wrong decision on question of law – Whether substantial miscarriage of justice occurred.

Words and phrases – "alternative verdict of manslaughter", "substantial miscarriage of justice".

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