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R v Thabo Meli [1954]


  • 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


  • Did the defendant cause the death of the victim?


  • Yes


  • 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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