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R v Dawson [1985]

Facts

  • The defendants attempted to rob a petrol station with fake weapons, which caused the station attendant to have a heart attack due to heart disease

Issue

  • Were the defendants guilty of unlawful act manslaughter?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • Although it was reasonably foreseeable to the jury that the act of robbery was dangerous to a person buy generic xanax online uk with heart disease, the defendants did not know of the heart disease and could not have caused harm to the attendant
  • The dangerousness test should be carried out as if the reasonable person had only the knowledge of the defendant at the time
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