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Hughes v Lord Advocate [1963]

Facts

  • The defendant opened a manhole cover and left it overnight, marked with a paraffin lamp
  • The claimant 8 year old boy knocked the lamp into the hole, causing an explosion which burned him

Issue

  • Was the damage foreseeable?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • The kind of damage, burning, was foreseeable, therefore the damage actually sustained was also foreseeable (note magnitude exception in Doubty v Turner [1964])
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