Scott v Shepherd [1773]

Facts

  • The defendant threw a lit firework into a market
  • The firework was thrown on several times, before exploding and injuring the claimant (causing him to lose the use of one eye)

Issue

  • Did the throwing on break the chain of causation?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • The throwing on was reasonable
  • The original act was inherently unlawful
  • Line between trespass and negligence can be blurred
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Posted in Tort Law Revision Notes.

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