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1. In which case did the judge give the following statement in 'A car driver is attacked by a swarm of bees, swerves and injures someone'.

  • Hill v Baxter 1958
  • Kay v Butterworth
  • R v Adomako 1994
  • R v Pagett 1983
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2. Voluntary assumed responsibility: What happened in Stone & Dobinson 1977?

  • They were unable to look after their ill sister and she died.
  • Fell asleep with a cigarette lit and set the mattress on fire, he failed to get help.
  • D was a doctor charged with the murder of a terminally ill patient.

3. What is the case for 'Dangerous situation caused by the D & D failed to put it right?

  • Kay v Butterworth
  • Stone & Dobinson 1977
  • Miller 1983
  • Pretty 2001

4. Acceleration principle: what case was this said in? 'If her life was cut short by weeks or months it was just as much murder as it if were cut short by years'

  • Haywood 1908
  • Kay v Butterworth
  • Adams 1957
  • R v Blaue 1975

5. Actions by medical practitioners: what was held in R v Smith 1959?

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


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