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R v Fenton (1830) 1 Lew CC 179

The defendant threw some stones down a mine shaft. This caused scaffolding to collapse and resulted in death of some miners.

Held:

The tort of trespass was sufficient to constitute an unlawful act for the purposes of constructive manslaughter.

NB. This position of the law was changed in R v Franklin 1883 where it was held that the act must be against criminal law as oppose to civil law to amount to an unlawful act for the purposes of manslaughter.
 
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