Practice and Procedure

R v C (2011)

PUBLISHED November 11, 2011

[2011] EWCA Crim 3272

In ruling that there was insufficient evidence to infer that a defendant, facing a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence, had knowledge of the fatal injuries sustained by a two-year-old child living in his house, the judge had erred in focusing too much on the defendant's statement that he had been working hard and was away for long hours. There was sufficient evidence upon which a jury properly directed could infer that he had to have known that the child was sufficiently seriously injured so as to require treatment.

CA (Crim Div) (Moses LJ, Walker J, Singh J)