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[Help] Criminal Law Problem Question revision question watch

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    Hey guys, I have been going through some problem questions from past exams and have come across this one from a couple of years ago. I feel confused after reading it despite it seeming quite straight forward. Could you guys assist me with how I should structure this answer and help me find any cases I should keep in mind? I would appreciate some guidance.

    Persons involved
    • Jack Hall : Dad
    • Karen Hall : Daughter, aged 14
    • Brad Neil : Jack’s friend involved in explicit message exchange Karen and Brad have been texting. Brad has been sending explicit messages to Karen. Jack isn't happy.

    Summarised Events
    Day 1
    1. Jack on hits/knocks on the locked door of Brad’s flat.
    a. Brad’s flat is on the third floor which opens onto a balcony at the rear.
    2. Jack threatens Brad, tells him that he will put him in hospital for being a perv.
    a. Brad opens the door hoping to reason with Jack. Jack hits him with his fist. It causes reddening of Brad’s cheek which disappears within a few hours.

    Day 2
    1. Jack returns high on crack. a. With a hammer. Jack proceeds to beat down the door with the hammer.
    a. The door falls in on Brad hitting him on the head.
    b. The blow is minor however Brad (has a soft skull) is killed instantly.

    Jack is then arrested by police. What is Jack Hall’s criminal liability for these incidents? What defences, if any, could Jack Hall raise at trial?
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