Full Court Minute Books

Case B69/2023

Dayney v. The King

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

6/04/2023 Supreme Court of Queensland (Court of Appeal) (Mullins P; Dalton JA; Boddice J)

[2023] QCA 62


Criminal law – Appeal against conviction – Self-defence against provoked assault – Criminal Code (Qld), s 272 – Where appellant involved in violent altercation resulting in death of another individual – Where appellant convicted of murder – Where appellant successfully appealed conviction – Where s 272 of Criminal Code (Qld) affords defence of self-defence against provoked assault – Where majority in first appeal held final clause of s 272(2) ousts protection afforded by s 271(1) only where force used in self-defence results in death or grievous bodily harm – Where minority held final clause of s 272(2) applies to modify effect of first two clauses in s 272(2) – Where jury in retrial directed in accordance with majority’s interpretation of s 272 and appellant convicted of murder – Where appellant appeals second time on ground minority’s interpretation of s 272(2) in first appeal is correct and decision of majority plainly wrong – Whether Court of Appeal erred in holding final clause of s 272(2) constitutes standalone exception to protection afforded by self-defence against provoked assault – Proper meaning of “before such necessity arose”.


21/11/2023 Hearing (SLA, Canberra)

05/12/2023 Notice of appeal

23/01/2023 Written submissions (Appellant)

23/01/2023 Chronology (Appellant)

20/02/2023 Written submissions (Respondent)

12/03/2023 Reply

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