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It is a common law offence defined by Sir Edward Coke as
the "unlawful killing of a reasonable person in being and
under the Queen's peace with malice aforethought,
express or implied."…read more

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Direct act
Not an omission.
ACTUS REUS…read more

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1. Factual
2. Legal
3. Novus actus intervenus
CAUSATION…read more

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Intention to either kill or cause serious harm (Vickers
(1957) and confirmed by Maloney (1985) and Hancock
and Shankland (1986))
"Aforethought" does not require planning; merely that it
does not occur after the offence as in Thabo Meli.
MENS REA…read more


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