Sweet v Parsley [1970]

Facts

  • The defendant did not know that students were smoking on his premises
  • The defendant was convicted of an offence which had no mens rea requirement

Issue

  • Was the defendant’s lack of knowledge relevant?

Decision

  • Yes, no conviction

Reasoning

  • A mens rea aspect will be implied into an offence where there is no contrary intention by Parliament
RELATED CASE  DPP v Newbury and Jones [1976]

Posted in Criminal Law Revision Notes.

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