Legal Thesaurus

Actus reus

Wrongful act.
As a matter of law a preparation for committing an offence is different from attempt to commit it. The preparation consists in devising or arranging the means or measures necessary for the commission of the offence. On the other hand an attempt to commit the offence is a direct movement towards the commission after preparations are made. In order that a person may be convicted of an attempt to commit a crime, he must be shown first to have had an intention to commit the offence, and secondly to have done an act which constitutes the actus reus of a criminal attempt. [Malkiat Singh v. State of Punjab, 1970 CrLJ 750]. [Section 8, Evidence Act, 1872].

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