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R v Pitts (1842)

Facts

  • The victim died as a result of drowning after an argument with Pitts
  • It appeared that the victim jumped into the river while trying to escape from the argument

Issue

  • Did Pitts cause the death?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • Although on the facts, the jury found Pitts not guilty, it was said that if the escape was a reasonable act of escape, the defendant should remain responsible for the resulting harm
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