EXTRAORDINARY DEFENCE TO A CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.
When charged at Sparkhlll, Birmingham, on Monday, February 22, with attempted suicide, Henry Crisp, a maltster, aged fiftyseven, told an astonishing tale of acting under an automatic Impulse owing to epilepsy.
Ou Sunday night, January 17th, he went to bed. The nest thing he knew was that ho walked automatically to the lookingglass and saw his reflection. Then he saw a razor lying under the dressing-table. A little later ho heard spots dripping on the tnble. Putting his hand to his throat ne found his hnud covered with blood.
Defendant's solicitor said the act was medically attributed to an attack of "nocturnal epilepsy," under the Influence of which a person would unconsciously do all sorts of things. He suggested accused took the razor for the purpose of shaving.
Crisp, who was stated to have been in his present situation twenty years, was handed over to the care of relatives.
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