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R v Cairns

[2000] R.T.R. 15

Case summary last updated at 13/01/2020 14:46 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case R v Cairns

 D was driving home when V jumped on his bonnet. D, believing V to be hostile to him, braked so that V fell off and ran over him, causing GBH. D used the defence of duress of circumstances. The trial judge said that the threat had to be real. CA allowed appeal saying that actually D merely had to reasonably believe that the threat existed. 

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