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R v Rahman [2008]

Facts

  • A group of people, including the defendant, Rahman, attacked the victim
  • The victim sustained a serious stab wound, which caused his death
  • The prosecution could not prove which person in the group delivered the stab wound

Issue

  • Was Rahman guilty of murder?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Either as a secondary party or a primary party, Rahman intended to cause grievous bodily harm to the victim, buy xanax australia which is enough to satisfy the mens rea requirement of murder
  • The submission that a secondary party to murder must foresee the subjective intentions of the primary party to be convicted was rejected as complicated
  • Lord Bingham said that the GBH murder rule:

    [M]ay lack logical purity, but it is underpinned by a quality of earthy realism

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