Aberratio ictus

Aberratio ictus – this legal term comes from Latin. Literally it means “accidental harm”. In the modern practice, it applies:

1)  in the area of Tort Law. There it refers to the accidental wrongful action, done by a person that harmed another person.

2) Within the Criminal Law, where details a mistake in the act subject by the perpetrator, who harmed another, innocent person but not directly their targeted victim. For example, a killer tried to kill John, but actually killed by mistake Susan. Because these three parties are involved in the criminal act, therefore it is known as “complex crime”.

Synonym of “aberratio ictus” is “accidental harm”.

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