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Section B Mens Rea

Mens rea is a Latin term meaning guilty mind. It deals with the state of mind of the defendant
at the time he committed the crime. There are two main types of mens rea. These are:
1. Intention
2. Recklessness
For some crimes, however, a person…

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2. Recklessness
Recklessness is taking an unjustified risk.
R v Cunningham (1957) CA
While attempting to steal money from a gas meter, Cunningham ripped the meter off the wall,
allowing gas to escape and endanger the life of a neighbour. He could only be found guilty of
"maliciously administering a…

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