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  1. The present law relating to Involuntary Manslaughter serves neither the defendant nor the criminal justice system. Discuss (50 marks)

    The unl act also doesn?t have to be against a person; as seen in Newbury and Jones (1976) where two D?s threw a paving slab off a railway bridge which inadvertently killed a railway guard; they were convicted. Finally the unl act must be deemed dangerous using an objective test due to the surrounding circumstances. In Church (1965) this was held to be ?all sober and reasonable people would inevitably recognise must subject the other person to, at least, the risk of some harm (?)

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  • Critically evaluate the law on intention as part of mens rea

    "In conclusion when looking at the law of intent as a part of mens rea it is important to distinguish between oblique intent and direct intent. Whilst direct intent is fairly straight forward, however this is not the case in oblique intent. When looking at oblique intent, as was made clear in Woolin, the defendant's knowledge is an important factor."

  • The law on attempts has now been settled Discuss

    "In conclusion I think that the law on attempts has now been settled as the courts now have guidance on when to convict for any crime. The Court of Appeal have settled attempted murder alleges and also the relevance of recklessness has been settled. However, despite all this guidance, some cases have still been wrongly decided. This was seen in the appeal of Attorney - General's reference (No 1 of 1992), where Court of Appeal held the D was only in short of committing the offence itself."

  • Critically discuss the Labour Governments record of crime control since coming to power in 1997

    "In conclusion, it can be seen that under the Labour Government since 1997, crime seems to have decreased by using the more reliable BCS figures. However, the public perception is that crime has gone up a lot, and one must question why this is, and whether the Labour government are trying to create this impression in order to support their position of being ‘tough on crime’"

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