Law - Actus Reus

1. Thin skull rule: what happened in R v Blaue 1975?

  • D was a doctor charged with the murder of a terminally ill patient.
  • D stabbed v, v dies as she refused medical treatment due to her religion
  • Fell asleep with a cigarette lit and set the mattress on fire, he failed to get help.
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2. What is said in Kimsey?

  • D's original act makes a more than minimal contribution to the consequence
  • It was only in the most extraordinary and unusual medical cases that medical treatment would break the chain
  • If her life were cut short by weeks or months it was just as much murder as if it were cut short by years

3. True or false: R v Malcherk & Steel 1981 'turning off life support will never break the chain'

  • True
  • False

4. Causation: if the 'but for' test is yes, what does it mean?

  • D is not a factual cause
  • D is a factual cause

5. Your status or position: What didn't the policeman stop in Dytham?

  • A fire
  • A fight
  • A car accident


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