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The intention assumed to be shared by those engaged in a joint illegal enterprise: each party is liable for anything done during the pursuance of that enterprise, including any unexpected consequences that arise (R v Bainbridge [1960] 1 QB 129). If, however, one of the parties does something that was not agreed beforehand, the others may not be held responsible for the consequences of this act (Davies v DPP [1954] AC 378 (HL). See also accessory.

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