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R v Steane 1947 KB 997


S arrested during war time. He was ordered to read news daily. S asserts he had no intention of assisting the enemy.

Assisting the enemy:
**AR: Did they commit the act that is likely to assist the enemy?
**MR: Did the accused intend to make the broadcasts? AND, Did he intend to assist the enemy? (was the ulterior purpose in doing the broadcast of S to assist the enemy?)


What is the meaning of intent?


We can infer a person’s intent from the natural consequences of a person’s act.

A man is taken to intend the natural consequences of his acts.


Subjective mens rea is proof of the actual state of mind at the time of incident, it may be difficult to ascertain
**Therefore we can infer their state of mind by saying a man intend the natural consequences of their acts


Conviction overturned – S allowed to go free

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