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R v Roberts

[1971] 56 Cr App R 96

Case summary last updated at 13/01/2020 17:12 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case R v Roberts

A man threatened to rape a woman who was a passenger in his car. She jumped out while it was still moving to escape. The man was convicted of occasioning actual bodily harm since “the defendant’s actions could reasonably be foreseen” as a result of what the man was doing. The test for Roberts’ guilt is: Was it the natural result of what the alleged assailant said and did, in the sense that it was something that could reasonably have been foreseen as the consequence of what he was saying or doing? The CA decided that it was therefore his appeal was dismissed 

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