R v R (1991) An example of a persuasive precedent

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					                   RvR             (1991)
            An example of a persuasive precedent.

The defendant was living       The defendant was found
apart from his wife when he    guilty of raping his wife
forced his way into her        because they were living in
parents’ home and raped        separate homes at the time
her.                           of the incident. The judges
                               followed a precedent that
At the time of this case,
                               was previously set by a
there was a 250-year-old
                               lower court. Making the
immunity from criminal
                               decision from the lower
liability for rape within
                               court, a persuasive
marriage. It was thought
                               precedent.
that a wife was deemed to
have given her consent
irrevocably, but this was no
longer appropriate.

				
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