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Kong Cheuk Kwan v. The Queen - Privy Council (Lord Fraser, Lord Roskill, Lord Bridge, Lord Brandon and Sir Owen Woodhouse) - 11 July 1985

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Kong Cheuk Kwan v. The Queen - Privy Council (Lord Fraser, Lord Roskill, Lord Bridge, Lord Brandon and Sir Owen Woodhouse) - 11 July 1985

Privy Council considers law of manslaughter after hydrofoil collision

It is not often that collisions at sea result in prosecutions in the criminal courts. However, a collision between two hydrofoil ferries operating between Hong Kong and Macau which resulted in the deaths of two passengers has led to the Privy Council correcting a “complete misrepresentation” of certain aspects of the law of manslaughter by the leading criminal practitioner’s textbook in England and Hong Kong.

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