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ACTUS REUS ­ CAUSATION

YOU CAN ONLY BE GUILTY OF A CRIME IF YOU CAUSED IT ( THE LEGAL TERM FOR THIS IS
CAUSATION)
FOR MANY CRIMES AS THE PART OF ACTUS REUUR THE PROSECUTION WILL HAVE TO
PROVE THAT THE D CAUSED A PARTICULAR RESULT. THESE ARE THEREFORE…

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-However, in KIMSEY the court of Appeal held that it was acceptable to tell the jury
that the D's conduct does not have to be the principal or substantial cause of the
harm/death, as long as they are sure there was more than a slight or trifling (small)
link…

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-Facts: D slashed V's artery with a knife
The V did nothing to stop the bleeding and he bled to death
-Principle: V isn't under a duty to seek any medical treatment ( not under duty to go to a
hospital) and failing to do so does not break…

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JORDAN

-Facts: V was stabbed in the stomach, he then was treated at the hospital and the wounds were
healing well. He had been given an antibiotic and suffered an allergic reaction. The next day another
doctor gave him a bigger dose of the same antibiotic and the V…

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