The Latin term "actus reus" refers to a guilty act which one has performed. It is simply a criminal act i.e. the physical act of crime itself which may be stealing, rape, murder and so on. Where there is no actus reus, there is no crime committed.


For example, in the crime of burglary, the defendant's actus reus is the act of breaking into a dwelling house and his mens rea is the intent to commit a felony therein.
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