R v Stephens

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Not to be confused with R v Dudley and 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.

Facts[edit]

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.

Judgment[edit]

The defendant quarry owner was held criminally liable even though he had no knowledge of the dumping.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bonnie, R.J. et al. Criminal Law, Second Edition. Foundation Press, New York, NY: 2004, p. 252