R v Simon Slingsby [1995]

R v Simon Slingsby [1995]

R v Simon Slingsby [1995] Crim LR 570 addressed the issue of unforeseen physical injury resulting from consensual sexual activity and whether it constituted a criminal offence.

Simon, the defendant, engaged in consensual sexual activity with the victim, involving the penetration of her vagina and rectum with Simon's fingers, which accidentally led to her being cut by Simon's signet ring. Subsequently, the victim developed septicaemia and died. Simon was convicted of manslaughter under Sections 20 and 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA).

The High Court allowed the appeal and quashed the conviction. Judge J held that the activity of inserting fingers into the vagina and rectum, when consent had been obtained, did not amount to an assault or an unlawful act. The judge emphasised that it would be contrary to legal principles to convict Simon of manslaughter when the injury inflicted was unforeseen and unintended.

This case stands in contrast to the earlier case of R v Brown [1994], where the defendants' intention was to inflict degrading violence on the victim. The distinction underscores the importance of consent and the nature of the acts performed in determining the criminal liability for unforeseen injuries arising from consensual activities.
Back to blog
UOL Case Bank

UOL Case Bank

Upon joining, you become a valuable UOL student and gain instant access to over 2,100 case summaries. UOL Case Bank is constantly expanding. Speed up your revision with us now.

Subscribe Now

Where are our students from?

Yale University
Council of Europe
Baker Mckenzie 
University of Chicago
Columbia University
New York University
University of Michigan 
University College London (UCL)
London School of Economics (LSE)
King’s College London (KCL)
University of London
University of Manchester
University of Zurich
University of York
Brandeis University
University of Exeter
University of Sheffield
Boston University
University of Washington
University of Leeds
University of Law
Royal Holloway, University of London 
Birkbeck, University of London
SOAS, University of London
University of Kent
University of Hull
Queen’s University Belfast
Toronto Metropolitan University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
University of Buckingham

  • Criminal Practice

    Diagrams and Charts

    Our carefully designed diagrams and charts will guide you through complex legal issues.

  • Criminal Law

    Clear and Succinct Definitions

    Key concepts are concisely defined to help you understand legal topics quickly.

  • Property Law

    Statutory Provisions

    Statutory provisions are provided side by side with legal concepts to help you swiftly locate the relevant legislation.

  • Public Law

    Case Summaries

    We have summarised important cases for you so that you don't need to read long and boring cases.

  • Evidence

    Rules and Exceptions

    Rules and exceptions are clearly listed so that you know when a rule applies and when it doesn't.

  • Company Law


    Legal terms and key concepts are explained at the beginning of each chapter to help you learn efficiently.

  • Case Law

    Case law is provided side by side with legal concepts so that you know how legal principles and precedents were established.

  • Law Exam Guide

    Law Essay Guide

    You will learn essential law exam skills and essay writing techniques that are not taught in class.

  • Law Exam Guide

    Problem Question Guide

    We will show you how to answer problem questions step by step to achieve first-class results.

  • Conflict of Laws

    Structured Explanations

    Complex legal concepts are broken down into concise and digestible bullet point explanations.

  • Legal System and Method

    Legal Research

    You will learn legal research techniques with our study guide and become a proficient legal researcher.

  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory


    All essential concepts, principles, and case law are included so that you can answer exam questions quickly.