Actus Reus (guilty action):
- An Act
- Omission (failure to act)
- State of affairs
In order for there to be an Actus Reus, there must be Mens Rea (guilty mind).
In Hill v Baxter 1958, the man was attacked by a swarm of bees, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, therefore not possessing the necessary Mens Rea, and not comitting the Actus Rea.
E.g. If the defendant pushes a person into the victim, the pushed person would not be held…