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R v Watson [1989]

Facts

  • The defendant broke into the house of an 87-year-old man, when the man was present
  • The man had a heart attack and died

Issue

  • Was the defendant guilty of unlawful act manslaughter?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • On the facts, it could not be proved that the heart attack was caused by the defendant
  • In principle, the act itself was dangerous and the frailty of the man would have been obvious
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