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The three cases chosen are R v Moloney 1985 Airedale National Health Service Trust v Bland 1993 and R v R 1991 Taking each case separately endeavours will be made to show in what way they are significant in legal terms also in social or cultural terms where apposite It shall be stated whether each is a public or private matter public concerns relating here to serious crimes private concerns to torts and the consequence remarked upon Intention forethought recklessness and murder will be considered around R v Moloney 1985 whether an act or omission has taken place consent and euthanasia around Airedale National Health Service Trust v Bland 1993 and in the case of R v R 1991 marital rape and the conjugal rights of men and women For a defendant to be found guilty of a crime both the actus reus and the mens rea for the offence should be present Both terms have very specific meanings that may alter dependant upon the offence committed but in general the actus reus is the guilty act or acts of the person committing the wrongdoing that is all the aspects of a offence except for the state of mind and the mens rea the mentality of the lawbreaking person which encompasses intention knowledge recklessness and negligence or any combination of these Considering the mens rea of intention and recklessness R v Moloney 1985 seems to be an important case A soldier Moloney on leave was staying with his mother and stepfather He had it appears a very good relationship with his stepfather A dinner party was held after which Moloney and his stepfather being the worse for drink the court was told decided upon a contest to find out which of them could load and fire his gun the fastest The father was said to have taunted Moloney to shoot him Moloney did just that and shot him dead from about six feet In
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