77 Confessions by mentally handicapped persons

77  Confessions by mentally handicapped persons

(1)     Without prejudice to the general duty of the court at a trial on indictment [with a jury] to direct the jury on any matter on which it appears to the court appropriate to do so, where at such a trial—

(a)     the case against the accused depends wholly or substantially on a confession by him; and

(b)     the court is satisfied—

(i)     that he is mentally handicapped; and

(ii)     that the confession was not made in the presence of an independent person,

the court shall warn the jury that there is special need for caution

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