Now, I’ve always had my issues with the defence of provocation. I think it was the first time we studied a case back in second year Law where a defendant had received a more lenient sentence for the brutal murder of his wife because he had found out that she was having an affair. And then, whoops! Shovel to the head. I was insane with jealousy, your honour! I could not help it! You know what? Yes, you could. If your hypothalamus is so underdeveloped that you are capable of flying into a murderous rage because your wife strayed – probably because you were such a goddamn dismal lover – then you probably do not have any place in civilised society.
For my money, Luke Ryan is the best young journalist in Australia.