Scott v Shepherd [1773]


  • 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)


  • Did the throwing on break the chain of causation?


  • No


  • The throwing on was reasonable
  • The original act was inherently unlawful
  • Line between trespass and negligence can be blurred
RELATED CASE  Smith v Chief Constable of Sussex Police [2008]

Posted in Tort Law Revision Notes.

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