Murder is the intentional act to kill or inflict grievous bodily harm upon another which results in death. The penalty for murder in NSW is imprisonment for life or for 25 years.

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Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another person where such circumstances do not constitute murder.

The penalty for manslaughter in NSW is imprisonment for 25 years.

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What court would I go to?

The criminal charge of murder/manslaughter is strictly an indictable offence, which means it can only be finalised in the Supreme Court.

The police must prove:

For you to be convicted of a murder charge, the police must prove beyond reasonable doubt:

  • A murder has occurred
  • Intention to kill (with malice afterthought)


Possible defences for the offence of murder include:

  • Self defence
  • Necessity
  • Duress

If you have been charged with such offences, it is essential that you urgently obtain legal advice. Call us today.


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