The Requirement of Concurrence of Actus Reus and Mens Rea in Homicide

17 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2007

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Wing Cheong Chan

Singapore Management University - School of Law

Abstract

A basic principle in criminal law is expressed by the oft cited Latin phrase "actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea", loosely translated as "an act does not make a man guilty of a crime, unless his mind be also guilty". This means that criminal liability not only requires proof of the presence of both the actus reus and the mens rea, but also that there must be coincidence or concurrence of mens rea with the act which causes the actus reus. Although this principle of concurrence is not found in the Singapore Penal Code, there is no doubt that it is part of the law in Singapore.

Suggested Citation

Chan, Wing Cheong, The Requirement of Concurrence of Actus Reus and Mens Rea in Homicide. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 75-91, 2000, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=954546

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