The defendants had taken their intended victim to a hut and plied him with drink so that he became intoxicated. They then hit the victim around the head intending to kill him.
The defendant in this case had agreed to kill the victim.
Thabo meli. They invited v to a drinking party got himpartially intoxicated and struck him on the head with the intention to kill. Thinking that they killed the the victim the defendants threw the victim s body off a cliff. R v thabo meli 1954 r v venna 1975 r v wacker 2003 r v watson 1989 r v west london coroner ex p dallagio 1994 r v white 1910 r v white 2010 r v williams 1923 r v williams 1992 r v willoughby 2005 r v wilson 1984 r v wilson 1996 r v woollin 1999 r f v dpp 2013 r b customs brokers v united dominions trust 1988.
Some men hit another man and believing him dead left the body outside. The judge found as fact that the death had not come from the blow but from the exposure of being left outside. Thabo meli v r 1954 1 all er 373 pc four defendants intended to kill their victim so they induced him to consume alcohol struck him on the head and threw the body over a cliff to make the death appear accidental.
In order to illustrate this point attention will focus on the case of thabo meli v united kingdom in which the privy council mistakenly believing that it could not reach its desired outcome through a strict application of the common law rule of temporal coincidence emasculated the rule beyond recognition in order to convict the accused. They had planned to kill a man and then make it look like an accident. They took the victim off to a secluded location and beat him.
Thabo meli v r 1954 1 wlr 228 privy council. The defence said that the first act had a mens rea but no actus reus while the opposite was true of leaving him outside. Thabo meli v r fact of the case.
Judgement for the case r v thabo meli. In fact the defendants only succeeded in knocking him unconscious but believing the victim to be dead they threw his body over a cliff. The bestknowninstance is the privycouncil case of thabo meli v the queen3 whichwasanappealfrom thehighcourtofbasotholand.
Thabo meli v r 1954 1 wlr 228. Thabo meli v queen 1954 1 wlr 228 a criminal law case concerning mens rea. The defendants had taken their intended victim to a hut and plied him with drink so that he became intoxicated.
They then hit the victim around the head intending to kill him. The four appellants were convicted of murder. In fact the defendants only succeeded in knocking him unconscious but believing the victim to be dead they threw his body over a cliff.
The appellantsacted under a preconceived plan first to kill v and then make the death look like an accident. They took him to a hut and beat him over the head. In the case of thabo meli v r 1954 1 aer 373 the appellants in execution of a preconceived plot to kill the deceased took him to a hut where he was struck over the head with an instrument and then believing him to be dead they took him out and rolled him over a low cliff and dressed the scene to make it look like an accident.
Believing that he was dead they then took his body to a cliff and threw it off.