Harriet Harman has called for the so-called "rough sex" defence used to protect killers to be made illegal after the Government announced it would be reviewing the controversial issue.
The amendment proposed by Ms Harman, and supported by a number of other MPs including Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy, proposes two key changes to be made to the legislation. [Firstly] It prevents a defendant, when he has admitted his actions caused injury, from arguing or raising the defence of consent, if the injuries resulted in GBH or death... Secondly, Ms Harman said, the amendment sets out that prosecutors would not be able to reduce a charge in cases such as these which, she argued, should be tried as murder. It states that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) can only reduce charges in such cases with permission from the Director of Public Prosecutions. The Director of Public Prosecutions would also have to consult with the immediate family of the victim before deciding whether to approve the charge being lessened.