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R v Kennedy (No. 2) [2007]

Facts

  • Kennedy supplied class A drugs to the victim when visiting his room in the hostel which they both lived in
  • The victim voluntarily self-administered the drugs and died as a result

Issue

  • Did Kennedy cause the death of the victim by way of unlawful act manslaughter?

Decision

  • No, conviction quashed

Reasoning

  • Whilst the supply of drugs was an unlawful act which was a crime, it had not caused death
  • The death was caused by the voluntary act of the victim, who it is assumed acted under free will, to ‘help him sleep’
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