Thin Skull Rule Cases

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R v Blaue 1975
-V (jehovans witness) was stabbed by D. A blood transfusuion could have saved life , refused treatment on religious terms. D convicted of murder. Religious belief made her wound fatal, D had to take victim as he found her.
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Holland 1841
- D cut V's finger- V refused medical treatment, amputation. Died from infection, D liable for death.
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Dear 1996
- D slashed V with stanley knife, V possibly made it worse, D convicted of murder upheld by CA, 'providing the wound were the operating and susbstantial cause of death, the jury was entitled to convict.' Even if V decided to commit suicide.
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Williams 1992
-Hitchhiker jumped from vehicle (30mph) and died from head injuries, D attempted to steal wallet. CA: '(was the act) within the ambit of reasonableness and not so daft as to make his own voluntary which amounted to... break the chain of causation.'
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R v Adams 1957
- If a doctor gives pallative care and the treatment contributes to death, doctor not guilty of of murder if the medicine is to relieve pain and suffering, even if the treatment incidentally shortens life. BUT, nothing should be done to shorten life.
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Mellor 1996
-D liable for death even though it was argued that insufficient oxygen had been given resulting in pneumonia. Tony Bland did not break the chain of causation.
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Corbett 1996
V headbutted and punched by D. V ran off, fell in gutter and hit by a car. D gulity of manslaughter. Actions of V within foreseeable range of responses.
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Kennedy 2007
-Drug supply, voluntary act of self injection- will break the chain of causation. Autonymous being able to make our own decisions how they will act.
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- D cut V's finger- V refused medical treatment, amputation. Died from infection, D liable for death.

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Holland 1841

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- D slashed V with stanley knife, V possibly made it worse, D convicted of murder upheld by CA, 'providing the wound were the operating and susbstantial cause of death, the jury was entitled to convict.' Even if V decided to commit suicide.

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-Hitchhiker jumped from vehicle (30mph) and died from head injuries, D attempted to steal wallet. CA: '(was the act) within the ambit of reasonableness and not so daft as to make his own voluntary which amounted to... break the chain of causation.'

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- If a doctor gives pallative care and the treatment contributes to death, doctor not guilty of of murder if the medicine is to relieve pain and suffering, even if the treatment incidentally shortens life. BUT, nothing should be done to shorten life.

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