Re Sigsworth (1935)


The principle grounded, on public policy which precludes a sane murderer from benefiting under his victim's will precludes him from claiming a benefit conferred on him by statute in the case of his victim dying intestate.

A coroner's jury found a verdict against X of wilful murder of his mother and of felo de se. X was named as the sole beneficiary under his mother's will. On a summons taken out to determine the devolution of the mother's estate…


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