Gross negligence manslaughter

This is one of three different ways of committing the offence of involuntary manslaughter.

Gross negligence manslaughter.

  • The death occurs when the defendant, who owes a duty of care, does a lawful act or omission in a negligent way. Duty of care could be:
  1. As a doctor to his patient (R v Adomako (1994))
  2. The duty of maintenance of a building or property (Singh, (1999))
  3. The ownership of a ship and its crew (Litchfield, R v (1998))
  4. A lorry driver knowingly transporting illegal immigrants (Wacker, R v (2002))

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