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Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law

Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law (9th edn)

Jeremy Horder
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date: 04 October 2022

p. 2458. Homicidelocked

p. 2458. Homicidelocked

  • Jeremy HorderJeremy HorderProfessor of Criminal Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

Abstract

This chapter discusses homicide offences. It covers in detail murder, defences to murder, and involuntary manslaughter. However, these traditional topics no longer cover the whole ground, as Parliament has created a number of new homicide offences in recent years. Accordingly, attention is paid to causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult, and causing death by driving. It concludes with a review of the structure of the law of homicide: is the current structure adequate, with murder at the top, and then manslaughter of different kinds beneath that, together with a hotchpotch of specialized homicide offences with varying degrees of gravity?

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