Murder and manslaughter are two of the offences that constitute homicide.
They are, of course, very serious and complex offences which carry very serious consequences. In brief, Murder is causing the death of another person with the intention to cause death or Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH). The intention to cause death or GBH need not be to the person ultimately killed. You could therefore be guilty of Murder if you intend to kill or cause GBH to one person but inadvertently someone else is killed.
Manslaughter can be committed in a number of ways. Broadly speaking it is causing death to another person but the intention to kill or cause GBH may not have been present.
Anyone convicted of Murder will be sentenced to “life imprisonment” which will have either a minimum term tariff, (Minimum period of detention), or “whole life tariff” attached to it. The sentence for Manslaughter is really dependent on the circumstances but will usually attract a prison sentence.
All our fee earners are very experienced in dealing with clients arrested and charged with homicide offences. If you are suspected of or charged with, or are concerned for someone suspected of or charged with a Homicide offence you should contact our expert team for further advice.