Give an example of Voluntarily assumed duty?
A niece lived with her aunt who became ill with gangrene in her leg and was unable to feed herself or call for help. The niece neither fed nor summoned help for her even though she remained in the aunt's house and continued to eat her aunts food. The aunt's dead body was found in the house decomposing for about a week.
Held: Niece convicted of manslaughter.
Point of Law: A duty will be owed by anyone who voluntarily undertakes to care for another, whether through age, infirmity, illness etc. The duty may be expressed or implied.