ulterior intent

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An element of the * mens rea for certain crimes that requires an intention to bring about a consequence beyond the criminal act (see actus reus) itself. Crimes of ulterior consent include burglary with intent (see burglary) and wounding with intent. In the former, the ulterior intent is the intention to commit one of three crimes (theft, causing grievous bodily harm, or causing criminal damage) having entered the building as a trespasser (the actus reus). Case: R v Jones and Smith [1976] 1 WLR 672. Compare basic intent; specific intent.

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