Murder Summary

Fionnghuala Malone
Mind Map by Fionnghuala Malone, updated more than 1 year ago
Fionnghuala Malone
Created by Fionnghuala Malone over 5 years ago
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A mindmap detailing the summary of the topic of murder- including Actus Reus, Mens Rea and Causation

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Murder Summary
1 COMMON LAW OFFENCE: NO STATUTE
2 Definition - Lord Coke
2.1 "The Unlawful killing of a reasonable creature in being under the Queen's Peace with malice aforethought, express or implied."
3 ACTUS REUS
3.1 The unlawful killing of a reasonable creature in being under the Queen's Peace
3.2 The killing must be unlawful
3.3 The AR can be an act or omission- must cause V's death
3.4 Reasonable creature in being
3.4.1 Not a Foetus
3.4.2 Not brain dead
3.4.3 Year and a day rule
4 CAUSATION
4.1 Factual
4.1.1 "But for" test
4.1.2 Pagett
4.2 Legal
4.2.1 'Substantial and operative'
4.2.1.1 More than a minimal cause
4.2.2 Smith
4.3 Thin Skull
4.3.1 D must take his victim as he finds him
4.3.2 Blaue
4.4 Intervening Acts
4.4.1 Act of a third party
4.4.2 Victims own act
4.4.3 Natural/Unpredictable event
4.5 Medical Treatment
4.5.1 'So independent of D's acts'
4.5.1.1 So potent in causing death
4.5.2 Cheshire
5 MENS REA
5.1 Malice aforethought express or implied
5.1.1 Express
5.1.1.1 Intention to kill
5.1.2 Implied
5.1.2.1 Intention to cause GBH
5.2 Foresight of consequences
5.2.1 Oblique intent
5.2.1.1 Doesn't have MR if unless he foresaw it would cause death/injury
5.3 Direct
5.3.1 Mohan
5.4 Indirect
5.4.1 Woollin
5.5 Recklessness
5.5.1 Cunningham
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