R v Ball [1989]

Facts

  • The defendant shot the victim after loading his gun from a random selection of blank and live rounds from his pocket
  • The defendant honestly believed the bullets were blanks, they were not; the defendant died as a result of the shot

Issue

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • The reasonable man does not make mistakes as to beliefs; it is not defence to say that the reasonable man would have made the same mistake
RELATED CASE  R v Dyson [1908]

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