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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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Second ever conviction for corporate manslaughter


Alison Storey, specialist prosecutor in the special crime division, said: "Lion Steel Ltd has today pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Square to the corporate manslaughter of Steven Berry at the Hyde site on Johnson Brook Road. This is the second time a company has been charged with, and now convicted for, the new offence of corporate manslaughter.

"Steven Berry fell through a fragile roof panel and tragically died as a result of injuries sustained in the fall on 29 May 2008.

"My thoughts are very much with Steven's family at this difficult time."

Lion Steel Ltd will be sentenced on 19 July. Steven Berry was 45 years old.