SUMMARY OF R V. BEARD

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R V. BEARD

The appellant whilst intoxicated raped a 13 year old girl and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming. She died of suffocation. In a charge of murder based upon intention to kill or to do grievous bodily harm, if the jury are satisfied that the accused was, by reason of his drunken condition, incapable of forming the intent to kill or to do grievous bodily harm … he cannot be convicted of murder. But nevertheless unlawful homicide has been committed by the accused, and consequently he is guilty of unlawful homicide without malice aforethought, and that is manslaughter”

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