R v Brown (1984), 11 CCC (3d) 191, 1984 CanLII 634

An appeal from a conviction of wilfully killing a cow, contrary to s 480 of the Criminal Code. The accused shot and butchered a year old calf that he found on Queen Charlotte Islands. Admitting he was not the owner of the cattle, and considering that no owner came forward, the accused argued that s 400(a) of the Criminal Code did not apply to wild cattle. In dismissing the appeal, the Court held that the plain meaning of section 400(a) applied to all cattle, including wild and domestic, regardless of proof of ownership.

Source: Case Law

Jurisdiction: British Columbia

Topics: cattlekilling cattleno ownerstraywildwilful and forbidden acts in respect of certain propertywilfully

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