The accused’s fear of death or serious injury must also be reasonable in the circumstances as the accused knew or honestly believed it to be. Would a reasonable person in those circumstances fear death or serious harm from the accused? A reasonable person is sane and sober, not exceptionally excitable, aggressive or fearful, a person who has the same powers of self control that we expect our fellow citizens to exercise in society today. See Reilly v. The Queen, 1984 CanLII 83 (SCC),  2 S.C.R. 396.
Get a full legal research memo!
The above passage should not be considered legal advice. Reliable answers to complex legal questions require comprehensive research memos. To learn more visit www.alexsei.com.