Hobbs v Winchester Corporation: CA 18 Jun 1910

Meat had been seized under section 116 of the 1875 Act as unfit for human consumption. Although the butcher was acquitted of any offence under section 117 of that Act, on the grounds that he was unaware that it was unfit for consumption, it was found that he was nonetheless ‘in default’ for the purpose of section 308, so that his claim for compensation failed.
Kennedy LJ said that, ‘I think there is a clear balance of authority that in construing a modern statute this presumption as to mens rea does not exist’.

Kennedy LJ
[1910] 2 KB 471, 26 TLR 557, 102 LT 841, 74 JP 413, [1910] UKLawRpKQB 108
Public Health Act 1875
England and Wales
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Consumer, Crime

Updated: 17 January 2022; Ref: scu.628554