Criminal Law by Jacqueline Martin

By Jacqueline Martin

Key proof Key instances: legal legislations will make sure you take hold of the most recommendations of your legal legislation module very easily. This booklet explains the evidence and linked case legislations for:

  • the vital ideas of actus reus, mens rea and strict liability
  • the major deadly and non-fatal offences opposed to the person
  • a wide variety of estate offences
  • general defences
  • the subject matters of participation and inchoate offences


Key proof Key Cases is the basic sequence for an individual learning legislation at LLB, postgraduate and conversion classes. The sequence offers the easiest and greatest technique to soak up and maintain all the fabric crucial for passing your tests. every one bankruptcy includes:

  • diagrams at first of chapters to summarise key points
  • structured headings and numbered issues to permit for transparent bear in mind of the basic points
  • charts and tables to collapse extra complicated information

Chapters also are supported via a Key Cases part which supplies the easiest and prime solution to take up and memorise crucial instances wanted for examination success.

  • Essential and major situations are explained
  • The variety, structure and causes are consumer pleasant
  • Cases are damaged down into key parts via use of a transparent approach of symbols for fast and simple visible recognition

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Note that in DPP v Santana-Bermudez (2003) it was held the defendant’s failure to tell a police woman, who was going to search his pockets, that he had a hypodermic needle in one of them could amount to the actus reus for the purposes of an assault causing actual bodily harm when she was injured by the needle. Note that discontinuance of medical treatment where it is in the best interests of the patient is not an omission that can form the actus reus (Airedale NHS Trust v Bland (1993)). 2 Omissions as actus reus for statutory crimes 1 Where an offence is defined in an Act of Parliament or statutory instrument, the wording determines whether it can be committed by omission.

His partner had undertaken care of the children and so also owed a duty to the child. 1 Stone and Dobinson [1977] QB 354, (1977) 64 HL Cr App R 186 Key Facts Stone’s sister, Fanny, came to live with the defendants. Fanny was eccentric and often stayed in her room for several days. She also failed to eat. She eventually became bed-ridden and incapable of caring for herself. On at least one occasion Dobinson helped to wash Fanny and also occasionally prepared food for her. Fanny died from malnutrition.

The courts are likely to hold the original attacker liable for the death even where the medical treatment is ‘thoroughly bad’ (Smith (1959)). Key Link ● Smith [1959] 2 QB 35 Courts Martial Appeal Court. ● Jordan (1956) 40 Cr App R 152 CA. ● Mellor [1996] 2 Cr App R 245 CA. 3 Malcherek [1981] 2 All ER 422, (1981) 73 Cr App R 173 Key Facts D stabbed his wife in the stomach. In hospital, she was put on a life-support machine. After a number of tests showed that she was brain dead, the machine was switched off.

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