R v Stephens
R v Stephens (1866) LR 1 QB 702 is an English criminal law, land law and UK public law case decided by the Queen's Bench that applied a strict liability standard to the violation of a criminal statute prohibiting the dumping of refuse into a river.
The defendant owned a quarry where refuse was dumped into a nearby river. The owner claimed he had no knowledge of the dumping and so should not be liable.
- Bonnie, R.J. et al. Criminal Law, Second Edition. Foundation Press, New York, NY: 2004, p. 252
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