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Dorset Yacht Co Ltd v Home Office [1970]

Facts

  • Prisoners escaped from a rehabilitation program on an island
  • During their escape, they crashed into the claimant’s boat
  • The defendant’s had failed to prevent the escape – an omission

Issue

  • Could the claimants recover?

Decision

  • Yes – recovery allowed

Reasoning

  • As damage was done during the escape, it was foreseeable, further damage, such as when on land would not be

Citation

[1970] UKHL 2

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