Source: p 61, Criminal Law: The Basics, 1 ed (2009), by Herring
As we saw in Chapter 1, generally a person is not liable for failing to rescue a person from danger, even the danger of death. However, Parliament has created a special offence dealing with those who do not protect children or vulnerable adults from death. It is found in the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004, Section 5.
(1) A person (‘D’) is guilty of an offence if:
(a) a child or vulnerable adult (‘V’) dies as a result of the unlawful act of a person who
(i) was a member of the same household as V, and
(ii) had frequent contact with him,
(b) D was such a person at the time of that act,
(c) at that time there was a significant
riskof serious physical harm being caused to V by the unlawful act of such a person,...
What are the similarities and differences? What are some formal terms describing this issue? This quote considers a
risk, which might not occur. So is being needed? What would change if I omitted being?