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R v Cunningham [1957]

Facts

  • The defendant removed a gas meter from a wall to obtain the money inside
  • This caused gas to escape, which in turn caused injury

Issue

  • What amounted to intention as to the administration of noxious substances (section 23 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861)?

Decision

  • Either intent to subjective recklessness, conviction upheld

Reasoning

  • If a defendant foresees a risk and takes it, he is liable for the consequences
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