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Prosecuting Homicide

Murder and manslaughter are two of the offences that constitute homicide.

Manslaughter can be committed in one of three ways:

  1. killing with the intent for murder but where there is provocation, diminished responsibility or a suicide pact.
  2. conduct that was grossly negligent given the risk of death, and resulted in death.
  3. conduct, taking the form of an unlawful act involving a danger of some harm, that caused death.

With some exceptions, the crime of murder is committed, where a person:

  • of sound mind and discretion (i.e. sane):
  • unlawfully kills (i.e. not self-defence or other justified killing)
  • any reasonable creature (human being)
  • in being (born alive and breathing through its own lungs)
  • under the Queen's Peace
  • with intent to kill or cause grievous bodily harm.

There are other specific homicide offences, for example, infanticide, causing death by dangerous driving, and corporate manslaughter.

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Man sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter after setting fire to a family home

09/11/2017

A man who killed a father and his young daughter after setting their home alight to cover up a burglary has been sentenced today (9 November).

Daniel Jones set fire to a house in Stanley, West Yorkshire in the early hours of 19 October 2016, killing 42-year-old Andrew Broadhead and his eight-year-old daughter Keira who were unable to escape. His motive was to destroy CCTV footage which he thought might contain evidence of a burglary he had earlier committed at a nearby property.

Mr Broadhead's wife and elder daughter managed to escape the blaze, which took fierce hold after Jones poured petrol through the letterbox and set it alight.

Following trial at Leeds Crown Court, Jones was found guilty of two counts of manslaughter and one count of burglary. He was sentenced to 19.5 years on each manslaughter count and 12 months for the burglary which the judge ordered be served concurrently. He already had a 26 week suspended prison sentence which was added on.

Jonathan Sharp from the CPS said: "In an attempt to destroy evidence of a burglary, Daniel Jones burned down a family home and killed a little girl and her father.

"This was an appalling crime, and the consequences have caused Mr Broadhead's surviving family unimaginable suffering.

"The police conducted a wide-ranging investigation. We were able to present CCTV to the court which showed Jones buying petrol far from his home address, then arriving at the Broadhead's home and setting fire to it. Tracker evidence from his van was found to confirm his movements that night, and his lies to the police strengthened the case against him.

"Having heard all the evidence, the jury convicted Jones. I hope the convictions are of some comfort to the Broadhead family and our thoughts remain with them."

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Notes to Editors

  1. Jonathan Sharp is a Principal Crown Advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
  2. Daniel Jones was convicted of two counts of manslaughter and one count of burglary on 18 October
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