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R v Gore (1611)

Facts

  • The defendant intended to kill his wife, and attempted to do so by adding some poison to some medicine intended for her
  • The defendant’s wife complained that the medicine was not carrying out its true purpose, and so took it back to a chemist, who involuntarily mixed in the poison and consumed the mixture
  • The chemist died as a result of the poison

Issue

  • Did the defendant murder the chemist?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Malice can be transferred
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