Discuss the meaning of intention in criminal law

Some offences are more serious than others – the more serious the offence the higher the level of mens rea. Intention is reserved for the more serious offences.

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This essay discusses the court's approach to intention.

A range of matters are covered in this work, including:

  • 'blameworthiness';
  • levels of mens rea;
  • a definition of intention and examples of what this amounts to;
  • intention is different from 'motive';
  • directions to the jury;
  • the concept of oblique intent or foresight of consequences;
  • such cases as Moloney (1985), Hancock and Shankland (1986), Nedrick (1986), Walker and Hughes (1990), Woollin (1998) and Matthews and Alleyne 2003.




(Word count 1071)