What is the difference between murder and manslaughter?
Manslaughter is distinct from murder. The distinction between murder and manslaughter comes from the fact that there need not be intent to kill, or cause grievous bodily harm when charging someone with manslaughter.
What constitutes Manslaughter?
Generally there are two types of manslaughter:
The former is where a person charged with murder claims one of two partial defences, loss of self-control and abnormality of mental function.
There are two types of involuntary manslaughter:
i) Criminal negligence manslaughter
ii) Unlawful act manslaughter
The first is where death results from negligence or recklessness; the second is where an individual commits or attempts to commit an unlawful act.
New: With the coming into force of The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter resulting from serious management failures.