R v Goodfellow [1986]

Facts

  • Goodfellow set fire to his own house in order to show the council that he was under threat in his current house
  • He unintentionally killed three family members in the process

Issue

  • Was guilty of unlawful act manslaughter?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • The case outlined the requirements of unlawful act manslaughter: an (intentional) unlawful act, dangerousness and causation
  • Only some harm need be foreseeable from the unlawful act to make it capable of giving rise to a conviction
RELATED CASE  R v Lowe [1993]

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