AQA law for A2 by Jacqueline Martin; Chris Turner; Denis Lanser

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He was convicted of attempted murder and because of the circumstances the judge put him on probation for three years. If the stabbing had caused the death of the mother, the judge would have had to order the boy (because of his age) to be detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. It is because of the mandatory life sentence for murder that the 1957 Homicide Act sets out special defences: of diminished responsibility and provocation (see Chapter 7), which reduce the charge to manslaughter. This allows the judge flexibility in passing sentence which he does not have when the defendant is convicted of murder.

Harry has a thin skull and the punch causes a brain haemorrhage from which he dies. 3. Selina throws a large stone into a river to see how much of a splash it will make. This rule also applies to manslaughter, as shown by Church (1965). In this case the defendant had a fight with a woman and knocked her out. He tried unsuccessfully for about half an hour to bring her round. He thought she was dead and he put her in the river. She drowned. His conviction for manslaughter was upheld. 6 The need for reform of the law In 2006 the Law Commission published a report, Murder, Manslaughter and Infanticide (Report Law Com 304).

She takes his shotgun and loads it. She waits until he has gone to sleep then she goes into his bedroom and shoots him in the head. Unknown to her, Kevin died from a drug overdose twenty minutes before she shot him. 5. Ross stabs Paul in the chest. Paul is taken to hospital where he is given a blood transfusion. Unfortunately, he is given the wrong blood and he dies. 1. Jane is angry because Karina is pregnant by Jane’s boyfriend. When Karina is eight months pregnant, Jane stabs her in the stomach, intending to kill the foetus.

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