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R v G and Another, [2003] UKHL 50


Appellants 11 and 12 were camping. They were lighting newspaper on fire and throwing it in bin by building. Building caught on fire. Boys thought no risk of fire spreading


Is recklessness a subjective standard or an objective standard? Does the holding Caldwell still apply?


Recklessness is a purely subjective standard


R v Caldwell – the term reckless in the Criminal Damage Act permits a finding of liability where the accused recognized that he or she had created an obvious risk to property and proceeded in the face of that risk OR where the accused gave no thought to the possibility that he or she had created such a risk.

Objective standards are unduly harsh on people who have reduced capacity


Conviction overturned – Caldwell overturned

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