Explain using examples the meaning of the term actus reus (7marks)
Actus reus translates from latin to mean 'guilty act'
- to be criminally liable the act must be voluntary - shown in HILL v BAXTER involuntary acts could be a heart attack, being hit on the head etc.
OMISSIONS - failure to act
- family relationship - Downes
- assumed responsibility - Stone v Dobinson
- Contract - Pittwood
- Chain of events - Miller
- Under official position - Dytham
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