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R v Jordan (1956) 40 Cr App E 152

The defendant stabbed the victim. The victim was taken to hospital where he was given anti-biotics after showing an allergic reaction to them. He was also given excessive amounts of intravenous liquids. He died of pneumonia 8 days after admission to hospital. At the time of death his wounds were starting to heal.

Held:

The victim died of the medical treatment and not the stab wound. The defendant was not liable for his death.
 
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