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Strict Liability Explained

There are some crimes, for example road traffic offences or public danger offences, for which a Defendant need not have intended or known about the circumstances or consequence of their actions. Liability is said to strict with regard to the criminal element of the act.

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  • “… I am a 57 year old manageress of a local convenience store…  recently a young woman who I believed to be aged around 19 came into the shop and  bought daily play lottery tickets… I never gave it a second thought as she appeared to me to be over 18... wearing heavy make up. Later a man and a woman who identified themselves as Trading Standards Officers came into the shop…  [and] said I would be charged with selling lottery tickets to minors … surely this cannot be right as  the girl appeared to be over 18... “

     

     

  • “… I have been a licensee for 20 years with an unblemished record… recently a group of young patrons who have never been any trouble were questioned by uniformed police officers in the beer garden of  my establishment following a complaint by a member of the public who was also a regular… following a search by the officers it  became apparent that one of the young people had been smoking cannabis cigarettes… this person has consequently been barred… I now await a decision as to my liability in this matter…  but feel it grossly unfair that an event over which I had no knowledge or awareness… should jeopardise my good standing…”

     

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