Lewis v Cox [1985]

Facts

  • Some friends of Cox were arrested and placed in a police van
  • Cox continually opened the van’s door to talk to a friend, against an order by a police officer; he was arrested

Issue

  • Was Cox causing an obstruction of the officer’s duty?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • An obstructive act need not be intentionally wilful or aimed at a police officer
RELATED CASE  R v Somerset County Council, ex p Fewings [1995]

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