R v Matthews and Alleyne 
- The defendants threw the victim into a river where he drowned, not intending the death of the victim, as the victim should have been able to swim
- Did the defendants murder the victim?
- Although the conviction was safe, the judge erred in finding that R v Woollin  laid down a rule of law
- The Woollin criteria is a rule of evidence: a jury direction which entitles a jury to find intent if the resulting death was virtually certain; it does not require a jury to find intent from virtual certainty
Posted in Criminal Law Revision Notes.
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