Dealing with legal cases usually means dealing with the personal lives of ordinary people. But ordinary people can also bring some very unordinary cases to their legal representatives. These cases can even become part of the curriculum due to their uniqueness. Whenever an unheard-of case presents itself, it raises questions and initiates the lawmakers to make the necessary changes to the existing legal system.
Below we will go through some strange and fun cases that will be always remembered among people who studied law.
Presho v Doohan
In 1982 an engineer named Neville Presho decided to buy a house on Torry Island. After some time he received an offer for this house, which was only a small part of the price that he paid for it. Upon refusing this offer, two years later, he was notified that the home was severely damaged in a storm. After hearing this, Neville wanted to check out his property, so he traveled from New Zealand to Ireland. But something very strange happened upon his arrival. His house was nowhere to be found since it was completely demolished in order for a car park of a nearby hotel could be built. It turned out that the house was destroyed in an arson.
The whole ordeal caused Neville to suffer a mental breakdown, after which he decided to sue Patrick Doohan, the owner of the hotel. In the end, Presho was awarded for all damages that he had to suffer.
Miller v Jackson
A not so entertaining case, but still bizarre, is the Miller v Jackson. The Miller family decided to move so they bought a house next to the cricket pitch. They were terribly bothered with the sound of players and cricket balls that landed in their backyard, so they decided to go to court in order to prevent cricket to be played there. However, they were denied this right. Eventually, they had to move again.
Leonard v PepsiCo
A case based on a misunderstood commercial is never a bad case. When in 1999 Pepsi ran a commercial featuring a teenager getting a Harrier jump jet for 7,000,000 Pepsi points, they were taken seriously by one of their viewers. Leonard saw that each point costs 10c so he sent $700,008,50 to get his 7,000,000 points, and therefore a jet. After Pepsi didn’t want to give him a jet that was worth over 20 times as much, he decided to sue the company. He eventually lost, but it still remains as one of the top bizarre cases in court history.
R v Dudley and Stephens
Towards the end of the 19th century, four men lived through a shipwreck. They were adrift in a lifeboat for twelve days when they were left without any food. On the 19th day, one of the four men called Richard Parker fell into a coma. Tom Dudley and Edwin Stephens who were among the survivors, decided to kill their companion and turned to cannibalism in order to survive. Five days later they were rescued. After some time they were brought in front of a judge for murder, but the public was very understanding due to the misfortunate chain of events that occurred to them. In the end, they were found guilty of murder, but their sentence was only six months in prison.