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Actus Reus & Omissions

In order for somebody to be liable for a crime, there needs to be a number of tests put forward to ensure a defendant is liable for a crime. Actus Reus This is the ‘act’ part of a crime, or somebody’s ‘failure to act’ (an omission). An omission can include a common law duty, a contractual duty ¬†[R v Pittwood]¬†Pittwood was a railroad crossing operator whom forgot to close the gates. A man was killed at the crossing...