Sweet v Parsley [1970]


  • 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


  • Was the defendant’s lack of knowledge relevant?


  • Yes, no conviction


  • 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]

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