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R v Clarke [1927]

Facts

  • The claimant, under investigation for the murder of 2 police officers, gave evidence which led to the conviction of another person, the actual murderer
  • There had been a reward of £1000 to anyone who gave such evidence

Issue

  • Could the claimant claim the reward, given that he had said in his interview that we was cooperating “exclusively in order to clear his name”

Decision

  • Claim failed, no recovery

Reasoning

  • It is necessary to act in reliance of a unilateral offer when accepting it. Mr Clarke was not acting upon the offer.
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