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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.

Find out more about prosecuting homicide

Prosecuting Terrorism

Terrorism, race hate, crimes against humanity, war crimes, violent extremism, hijacking and espionage cases are tackled by a specialist team of Crown Prosecutors. The Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS includes highly experienced prosecutors, advocates and caseworkers who work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice.

Find out more about how we prosecute cases of terrorism.

Thomas Mair convicted of the murder of Jo Cox MP

23/11/2016

Thomas Mair has today (23 November) been convicted of the terrorist murder of Jo Cox MP at the Old Bailey. He was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon. He was sentenced to a 'whole life' term today.

Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service said: "On 16 June, Thomas Mair carried out the brutal murder of Jo Cox - a defenceless mother of two young children who served her constituents with passion, exuberance and vitality and was proud to represent a diverse community. Several people courageously intervened to try and save Ms Cox, including 77 year old Bernard Kenny who was stabbed by Mair and sustained serious injuries as a result.

"Mair has offered no explanation for his actions but the prosecution was able to demonstrate that, motivated by hate, his pre-meditated crimes were nothing less than acts of terrorism designed to advance his twisted ideology.

"The CPS worked closely with police from the outset of their thorough investigation to build a strong case. This included the evidence of a number of brave eye witnesses who are to be commended. A jury has now unanimously agreed on Mair's guilt of all offences committed during this disturbing attack.

"Our thoughts are with Jo Cox's family who attended the court hearing and have behaved with real strength and dignity throughout.

"The CPS will continue to work with criminal justice partners to combat those who seek to sow hatred and division by advancing extremist ideologies."

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