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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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Teenager guilty of schoolboy killing in row over girl


A 17-year-old boy has today (17 August) been found guilty of the manslaughter of a schoolboy in a row over a girl.

Irfan Wahid, 16, was stabbed to death on a busy street in Leeds in February 2017.

The jury at Leeds Crown Court heard that on the afternoon of the attack, the defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went to meet the girl at a bus stop in an attempt to discuss their relationship.

Shortly afterwards, Irfan Wahid got off a bus, intending to meet the same young woman. He discovered her talking to the 17-year-old.

Eyewitnesses described how Irfan lashed out, hitting the 17-year-old a number of times. His killer then pulled out a knife and stabbed Irfan between the ribs. He died later in hospital.

Ed Hulbert, from the CPS, said: "The defendant confronted Irfan with a kitchen knife and fatally stabbed him, despite the immediate assistance offered by passers-by. The attacker went on to burn his clothes and only gave himself up to the police two days later.

"The CPS was able to make use of a provision which allows the questioning of child witnesses to take place in advance on video, to assist them in giving their evidence.

"Our sympathies are with Irfan's family."

The 17-year-old will be sentenced on 15 September.


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