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“The Imposition Of Strict Liability Offences Is A Necessary Evil In The Fight To Protect The Public From Harm” Discuss
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"The Imposition Of Strict Liability Offences Is A Necessary Evil In The Fight To Protect The Public From Harm" Discuss
Strict liability offences are crimes that do not require proof of mens rea-
intention, recklessness or even negligence as to one or more elements of the
actus reus. Common law examples of strict liability are public nuisance and
criminal libel. The concept of strict liability with no mens rea is perhaps best
shown in the case of Callow v Tillstone (1900) where basically a butcher got
a vet to certify whether or not a carcass was fit for human consumption. On
receiving the recommendation that it was, he offered it for sale. However the
meat turned out not to be fit. The butcher was convicted of the offence of
offering for sale meat that was not fit for human consumption. To many, this
sounds unfair as he had taken due care and reasonable steps to avoid
committing the offence and short of selling the meat the actus reus could not
be avoided. Generally strict liability
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