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Strict Liability

Definition: A good definition is offered by Smith and Hogan. Liability without fault ­ not even
negligence'
Callow V Tillstone (1890): A butcher was convicted of selling unfit meat despite the fact that he
had had the meat certified as safe by a vet before the sale. His…

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was applied in addition to the presumption that mens rea is required where the offence is a true
crime as oppose to a regulatory offence.



Smedley Ltd v Breed 1974 : The D's, a large scale manufacturer of tinned peas, producing over 3
million tins in a seven week season,…

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Building regulations: Gammon Ltd v AG of Hong Kong 1985: (above)
Food hygiene Callow v Tillstone (1890) (above)
Wildlife/countryside: Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), Kirkland v Robinson 1987: possessed a
bird (Goshawk)
Firearms: Howells 1987:
Drugs: Warner v MPC 1968
Greater vigilance: Vigilance means being watchful in case of danger.…

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Larsonneur (1933): The defendant was convicted of being found in the UK, contrary to the Aliens
Order of 1920, even thought she had been brought forcibly into the UK by the immigration
authorities.
B V DPP (1999): this shows that the courts still have the same presumptions as before.

A…

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