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Manslaughter - Gross Negligence

Date produced: January 2012
Title: Homicide
Offence: Gross Negligence Manslaughter
Mode of Trial: Indictable Only
Statutory Limitations & Maximum Penalty: Life. Manslaughter is a serious specified violent offence within Schedule 15.

There is a wide spectrum of sentencing in gross negligence manslaughter cases. What those cases revealed were that such an offence would be aggravated by

  • multiple deaths
  • prolonged and deliberately dangerous course of conduct
  • an awareness of a significant risk of death or really serious injury
  • ignoring warnings
  • pursuing a course of conduct for financial gain.

See R v Johnson [2009] 2 Cr. App. R. (S) 28

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