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R v Holland [1841]

Facts

  • Holland caused severe wounds to the victim, particularly to his finger
  • The victim was advised that was a high chance that he would die if he did not have his finger amputated
  • The victim refused the amputation and died as a result

Issue

  • Did Holland cause the victim’s death?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Refusing medical treatment, even where unreasonable, will not be classed as a supervening event
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