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DPP v SMITH [1961]
DPP v SMITH [1961]
A policeman tried to stop the defendant from driving off with stolen goods by jumping on to the bonnet of the car. The defendant drove off at speed and zig zagged in order to get the police officer off the car. The defendant argued he did not intend to ha
R v Hyam [1975]
R v Hyam [1975]
The appellant had been having a relationship with a Mr Jones. Mr. Jones then took up with another woman, Mrs Booth and they were soon to be married. On hearing this news, the appellant drove to Mrs Booth's house at 2.00am and poured petrol through the let
R v Hancock & Shankland [1985]
R v Hancock & Shankland [1985]
The appellants were convicted of murder for the death of a taxi driver. The appellants were miners on strike. They wanted to block the road to the mine to prevent works breaking the picket line. They had dropped lumps of concrete and a post from a bridge
R v Nedrick [1986]
R v Nedrick [1986]
The appellant held a grudge against Viola Foreshaw. He went to her house in the middle of the night poured paraffin through her letter box and set light to it. A child died in the fire. The trial was held before the judgment was delivered in Maloney. The
R v Woollin [1999]
R v Woollin [1999]
The appellant threw his 3 month old baby son on to a hard surface. The baby suffered a fractured skull and died. The trial judge directed the jury that if they were satisfied the defendant "must have realised and appreciated when he threw the child that t
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