R v Kennedy (No. 2) [2007]


  • Kennedy¬†supplied class A drugs to the victim when visiting his room in the hostel which they both lived in
  • The victim voluntarily self-administered the drugs and died as a result


  • Did Kennedy cause the death of the victim by way of unlawful act manslaughter?


  • No, conviction quashed


  • Whilst the supply of drugs was an unlawful act which was a crime, it had not caused death
  • The death was caused by the voluntary act of the victim, who it is assumed acted under free will, to ‘help him sleep’
RELATED CASE  R v Caldwell [1982]

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