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R v Vickers [1957] 2 QB 664

Lord Goddard CJ:

" Murder is, of course, killing with malice aforethought, but ' malice 'aforethought' is a term of art. It has always been defined in English law as either an express intention to kill, as could be inferred when a person, having uttered threats against another, produced a lethal weapon and used it on a victim, or implied where, by a voluntary act, the accused intended to cause grievous bodily harm to the victim, and the victim died as the result."
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