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R v Dalloway (1847)

Facts

  • Dalloway let go of the reins of a horse
  • During his lack of control, the horse caused the death of a child

Issue

  • Could Dalloway be said to have caused the death of the child?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • Although Dalloway was culpable for not keeping control of the horses reins, this act did not cause the death of the child
  • Control of the reins would not have prevented the child’s death
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