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R v Deyemi [2008]

Facts

  • The defendant was in possession of a firearm contrary to the Firearms Act 1968, which provided for a strict liability offence

Issue

  • Could a mens rea requirement be read into the statute

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • Where Parliament intends a strict liability offence, no mens rea requirement (of reasonable belief) will be read in
  • It is Parliament’s policy to prevent the spread of firearms
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