R. v. Smith, (1979) 1 Sask.R. 213 (CA)

JudgeCulliton, C.J.S., Brownridge and Hall, JJ.A.
CourtCourt of Appeal for Saskatchewan
Case DateDecember 31, 1979
JurisdictionSaskatchewan
Citations(1979), 1 Sask.R. 213 (CA);1979 CanLII 2233 (SK CA);1 Sask R 213;51 CCC (2d) 381

R. v. Smith (1979), 1 Sask.R. 213 (CA)

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R. v. Smith

(No. 8354)

Indexed As: R. v. Smith

Saskatchewan Court of Appeal

Culliton, C.J.S., Brownridge and Hall, JJ.A.

December 31, 1979.

Summary:

This case arose out of a charge of first degree murder. After a jury trial the accused was found guilty as charged and sentenced to life imprisonment.

On appeal to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal the verdict of first degree murder was set aside and the accused was convicted of second degree murder. The Court of Appeal held that there was no evidence upon which the jury could conclude that the killing was planned. The Court of Appeal stated that the killing was the result of a sudden impulse - See paragraph 31.

Criminal Law - Topic 1270

Murder - First degree murder, meaning of "planned and deliberate" - Criminal Code, s. 214(2) - The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal referred to several meanings of the words "planned and deliberate" - See paragraphs 23 to 27.

Criminal Law - Topic 1270

Murder - First degree murder, meaning of "planned and deliberate" - The accused was convicted of first degree murder - The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal set aside the conviction because the killing resulted from a sudden impulse - The Court of Appeal stated that there was no evidence that the killing resulted from a "previously determined design or scheme" - See paragraph 31.

Words and Phrases

Planned - The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal discussed the meaning of the word "planned" as found in s. 214(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-34 - See paragraphs 23 to 27.

Cases Noticed:

More v. The Queen, [1963] S.C.R. 522, refd to. [para. 23].

McMartin v. The Queen, [1964] S.C.R. 484, refd to. [para. 25].

R. v. Mitchell, 43 C.R. 391, refd to. [para. 25].

R. v. Widdifield, 6 C.R.L.Q. 152, refd to. [para. 26].

R. v. Reynolds, 44 C.C.C. 129, refd to. [para. 27].

Statutes Noticed:

Criminal Code of Canada, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-34, sect. 214(2) [para. 22].

Counsel:

L.E. Leslie, for the appellant;

K.W. MacKay, for the Crown.

This appeal was heard by CULLITON, C.J.S., BROWNRIDGE and HALL, JJ.A., of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

The judgment of the Court of Appeal was delivered by CULLITON, C.J.S., at Regina, Saskatchewan, on December 31, 1979.

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    • Superior Court of Justice of Ontario
    • January 5, 2021
    ...without prior consideration will not constitute a planned murder even though the intent to kill is clearly established: R. v. Smith (1979), 51 C.C.C. (2d) 381 (Sask. [321]   For this reason, there is a dearth of credible, corroborated evidence on the presence or absence of a plan to kill Ma......
  • R. v. Denison (J.D.), (2001) 161 B.C.A.C. 169 (CA)
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    • British Columbia Court of Appeal of British Columbia
    • November 30, 2001
    ...Jacquard (C.O.) (1997), 207 N.R. 246; 157 N.S.R.(2d) 161; 462 A.P.R. 161; 113 C.C.C.(3d) 1 (S.C.C.), refd to. [para. 14]. R. v. Smith (1979), 1 Sask.R. 213; 51 C.C.C.(2d) 381 (C.A.), refd to. [para. R. Cornett and H. Stevenson, for the appellant; O. Kuzma, for the Crown, respondent. This ap......
  • R v Petrin, 2016 SKQB 363
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    • Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan
    • November 3, 2016
    ...That simple plan constitutes a plan within the definition of “planned and deliberate”. As the Court of Appeal stated in R v Smith (1979), 51 CCC (2d) 381 (Sask CA) at 387, as to the meaning of “planned and In R. v. Widdifield, Gale, J. (later C.J.O.), in charging the jury on planned and del......
  • R. v. Smith (G.A.), (1986) 71 N.S.R.(2d) 229 (CA)
    • Canada
    • Nova Scotia Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
    • January 23, 1986
    ...14 (N.S.C.A.), refd to. [para. 32]. R. v. Owen (1983), 56 N.S.R.(2d) 541 ; 117 A.P.R. 541 , refd to. [para. 35]. R. v. Smith (1979), 51 C.C.C.(2d) 381 (Sask. C.A.), refd to. [para. 43]. R. v. Widdifield (1961), 6 Crim. L.Q. 152 (Ont. H.C.J.), refd to. [para. 44]. R. v. Reynolds (1978)......
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  • R. v. Hall, 2021 ONSC 28
    • Canada
    • Superior Court of Justice of Ontario
    • January 5, 2021
    ...without prior consideration will not constitute a planned murder even though the intent to kill is clearly established: R. v. Smith (1979), 51 C.C.C. (2d) 381 (Sask. [321]   For this reason, there is a dearth of credible, corroborated evidence on the presence or absence of a plan to kill Ma......
  • R. v. Denison (J.D.), (2001) 161 B.C.A.C. 169 (CA)
    • Canada
    • British Columbia Court of Appeal of British Columbia
    • November 30, 2001
    ...Jacquard (C.O.) (1997), 207 N.R. 246; 157 N.S.R.(2d) 161; 462 A.P.R. 161; 113 C.C.C.(3d) 1 (S.C.C.), refd to. [para. 14]. R. v. Smith (1979), 1 Sask.R. 213; 51 C.C.C.(2d) 381 (C.A.), refd to. [para. R. Cornett and H. Stevenson, for the appellant; O. Kuzma, for the Crown, respondent. This ap......
  • R v Petrin, 2016 SKQB 363
    • Canada
    • Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan
    • November 3, 2016
    ...That simple plan constitutes a plan within the definition of “planned and deliberate”. As the Court of Appeal stated in R v Smith (1979), 51 CCC (2d) 381 (Sask CA) at 387, as to the meaning of “planned and In R. v. Widdifield, Gale, J. (later C.J.O.), in charging the jury on planned and del......
  • R. v. Smith (G.A.), (1986) 71 N.S.R.(2d) 229 (CA)
    • Canada
    • Nova Scotia Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
    • January 23, 1986
    ...14 (N.S.C.A.), refd to. [para. 32]. R. v. Owen (1983), 56 N.S.R.(2d) 541 ; 117 A.P.R. 541 , refd to. [para. 35]. R. v. Smith (1979), 51 C.C.C.(2d) 381 (Sask. C.A.), refd to. [para. 43]. R. v. Widdifield (1961), 6 Crim. L.Q. 152 (Ont. H.C.J.), refd to. [para. 44]. R. v. Reynolds (1978)......
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