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R v Thabo Meli [1954]

Facts

  • The defendant caused the intoxication of the victim, before rolling him off a cliff to kill him
  • The victim dies of exposure while lying at the bottom of the cliff

Issue

  • Did the defendant cause the death of the victim?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Although the doctrine of coincidence requires the actus reus and mens rea of a crime to coincide in time, the course of conduct of murder continued up until the victim’s death
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