R v Evans 
- Evans gave her sister some heroin, which was then self-administered
- Following symptoms of overdose, Evans failed to summon medical attention
- Was this gross negligence manslaughter?
- Although the injection was the voluntary act of the victim, a duty to take care of the victim was present, and breached by omission
- It is for the judge to decide whether there is a duty of care present and what that duty is
- It is for the jury to decide whether that duty has been breached, and if so, whether that breach is serious enough to be labelled as a crime
Posted in Criminal Law Revision Notes.
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