Criminal law problem question
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... LAW PROBLEM QUESTION - ACTUS REUS Actus reus, put simply, means 'a guilty act'. This must be present for an offence to have been committed. In the case of murder actus reus must be an act that results in death. In the case of manslaughter, this can be performed in a commission or an omission resulting in death. The most common definition of the actus reus in murder is provided by Edward Coke, who states -
"When a man of sound memory and of the age of discretion, unlawfully killeth within any country of the realm any reasonable creature in rerum natura under the King's Peace, . . . so as the party wounded, or hurt, et cetera, die of the wound or hurt, et cetera, within a year and a day after the same...