What happened in the RE SIGSWORTH (1935) case? This case was used in a wider way.
-A son had murdered his mother
-The mother had not made a will
-Usually her estate would go to the next of kin (her son) according to the rules set out in a statute.
-The words in the statute were perfectly clear and there was no ambiguity in the words of the Act.
-But, it would not be in the public interest to let a murderer benefit from his crime.
-The literal rule should not apply, but using the golden rule in a wider way, the judges in the courts were able to modify the meanings of the words in the Act to prevent the son from inheriting the estate.