Hill v Baxter [1958]


  • The defendant caused death through driving


  • Could criminal liability be escaped through automatism?


  • Yes, but not on the facts


  • A voluntary act is required as part of the actus reus of manslaughter
  • The defendant was not in a state of automatism, rather, he fell asleep, so acted voluntarily in┬árecklessness
RELATED CASE  R v McKechnie [1992]

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