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R v Blaue [1975]

Facts

  • Blaue stabbed the victim several times after the victim refused his sexual advances
  • The victim required a blood transfusion to survive
  • The victim was a Jehovah’s witness, therefore refused the blood transfusion

Issue

  • Was Blaue still responsible for causing the victim’s death?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • It may not be argued that religious beliefs are unreasonable
  • The victim was entitled to refuse a blood transfusion
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