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  • Contemporaneity
    • Definition
      • The Contemporaneity Rule requires the Actus Reus and Mens Rea of a crime to occur at the same time. However, the courts have recognised that sometimes they need to allow flexibility in this area
    • Continuing Act
      • This applies if the Actus Reus comes before the Mens Rea. The Actus Reus is stretched over time to meet the point where the defendant has Mens Rea (Fagan v MPC (1969).
    • One Transaction
      • This applies if the Mens Rea comes before the Actus Reus. If the defendant's actions are part of the same series of events, the courts will recognise it as a single transaction. (Thabo Meli (1952 and Rv Church (1969).


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