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Actus Reus:
Know the definition from Lord Coke
Understand the following quotes from the definition
- " The concept of lawfulness"
- " Reasonable creature"
- " Kings peace"
Could understand in more depth:
- "Year and a day"
- "Age"
- "Human being"
Mens Rea
Mens rea of murder
Difference between intention and motive
Transferred malice
Double effect.…read more

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Motive is not the same as mens rea, for example if you stealing food for a starving person you are
still guilty of theft, even though your motive was a good one, you still intended to steal.
Intention is the mens rea for murder
DPP v Smith (1960) HL Facts: The defendant was driving a car which contained stolen goods.
When stopped by a police officer, he drove away at speed.…read more

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Held: where mens rea is for a completely different offence the D may not be guilty.…read more


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