The offence of murder is committed if a person of sound mind unlawfully kills another, with the intention to either kill or cause grievous bodily harm, or where they are negligent or reckless as to whether harm would be caused.
The offence is always tried in a Crown Court before a judge and jury and if convicted there is a mandatory life sentence for a person over 18 years of age.
Voluntary manslaughter occurs where all elements of murder are present, but there was provocation or diminished responsibility. Involuntary manslaughter occurs where a person unlawfully kills another but did not intend to kill or cause grievous bodily harm.
The offence is committed if there is an intention to kill another and that something “more than merely preparatory was done to cause the death. In a case of attempted murder, there must have been an intention to kill, but, unlike murder, the offence is not committed if there was an intention to inflict grievous bodily harm. The degree of harm actually caused will be taken into account when sentencing.
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