Manslaughter- section 18 of Crimes Act 1900

Unlike murder, manslaughter is the unlawful killing of another person. The difference being that manslaughter is the unintentional or accidental killing of the deceased. 

The prosecution must prove beyond reasonable that that you committed the act with:

  • You were acting in excessive self-defence, or
  • You owed ‘duty of care’ to the deceased (criminal negligence), or
  • Your actions were unlawful or dangerous, or
  • Omission (lack of action by you)

Defences to this charge

  • Self-defence
  • Duress
  • Necessity
  • Automatism
  • Mental Illness

Maximum Penalty

The maximum penalty is 25 years imprisonment.

Your Options in Court

Pleading Not Guilty

If you have pleaded not guilty to the charge and your case is committed to a higher court, it will ultimately proceed to a trial before a jury or upon application, trial by judge-alone.

If you have been charged with murder or manslaughter, call Criminal Lawyers Sydney anytime on (02) 91528619 to arrange a free first conference with one of our experienced homicide lawyers who will review the allegations and advise you of your options and the best way forward.