Murder and Homicide
Allegations of homicide are really serious and can be life changing if an individual is found guilty. We at Spartans Law understand that this could be a difficult time for you and your family and therefore we will always work to the best of our ability to get the best outcome possible. We will ensure that we leave no stone unturned to ensure you have the best possible outcome, keeping you informed of your options every step of the way.
The offence of murder is committed where a person of sound mind and discretion unlawfully kills another person, with the intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm. A conviction for murder is highly serious and usually involves a lengthy prison sentence.
To convict on a charge of murder, the prosecution must prove beyond all reasonable doubt, that the defendant had the intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm. For a conviction for attempted murder, there must be an intention to kill, not merely to cause grievous bodily harm.
Defences to Murder
Self-defence could potentially reduce the act of murder to the offence of voluntary manslaughter. There are also three partial defences to murder: diminished responsibility, loss of control and killing in pursuance of a suicide pact. There is a ‘concealed’ partial defence, created by legislation in the act of infanticide.
Joint Enterprise Doctrine
Joint enterprise is when you are part of a plan with another person, to cause serious injury or to kill. There is no requirement that you caused any harm or any injury.
If you have been charged with this offence on joint enterprise basis, contact us now so that we can scrutinise your case, which may lessen or diminish your charges.
Voluntary & Involuntary Manslaughter
Voluntary Manslaughter is where a defendant kills with the intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm, but where a partial defence reduces the charge from murder. Involuntary Manslaughter occurs where a person kills without intent, but where the death occurred because of the defendant’s gross negligence or by the defendant’s unlawful or dangerous act.
Defending Your Case
At Spartans Law, we specialise in the detailed analysis of the prosecution evidence against you, and careful consideration of your case to give you dependable advice. This is especially important when you are facing a homicide allegation that could result in a long prison sentence.
Our solicitors have a proven record of securing not guilty verdicts, even when other defendants in the same case were convicted.
With such Serious Allegations, it is vital to have a solicitor that will secure the best possible outcome in your case. If you, or someone you know, is facing serious allegations like these, Contact Us to see what we can do to help you.